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From the producer of Bruce Almighty and Liar Liar comes a whole new school of thought: Accepted. When every college turns him down, Bartleby "B" Gaines decides to make one up. Welcome to the South Harmon Institute of Technology, where the students teach the classes, the dean lives in a trailer in the back, and Bartleby's on the way to scoring with the girl of his dreams. It's a raunchy, rowdy, flat-out funny collegecomedy that critics are calling "freakin' hilarious" (Steven Chupnick, MovieWeb.com)!
Picture in Picture Commentary with Steve Pink, Justin Long, Lewis Black, Jonah Hill and Adam Herschman
Adam's Accepted Chronicles
Reject Rejection: The Making of Accepted
Self-Guided Campus Tour
"Hangin' onthe Half Pipe" Music Video
The Ringers - "Keeping Your Heads Up" Music Video
Feature Commentarywith Director Steve Pink, Justin Long, Lewis Black, Jonah Hill and Adam Herschman
Justin Long has been hovering on the edges of movies like The Break-Up and Dodgeball, providing little comic bursts that are often funnier than the rest of the movie. In Accepted, Long plays Bartleby Gaines, a fast-talking slacker who, when he gets rejected by every college he applied to, invents a phony college to get his parents off his back. Unfortunately, the website his best friend creates is too effective--hundreds of other rejects apply and are accepted. Instead of revealing the hoax, Gaines decides to forge ahead and let the students create their own curriculum, little suspecting that their school is obstructing the expansion plans of the nearby snobbish college. Accepted is much better than you might expect, given the low bar set by most campus comedies; it aims for, and sometimes achieves, the blend of slapstick and social satire that Animal House embodied. Long proves to be a charming leading man without losing his quirky comic sense and the supporting cast is consistently entertaining, particularly stand-up comedian Lewis Black, who delivers a variety of sardonic rants about society. Accepted's critique of conformism is glib--you wish they'd given it a little more bite--but it's still valid and a pleasant sliver of substance in an otherwise vapid genre. --Bret Fetzer
you know I will watch any type of Movie&sometimes just put anything on&this film fits that bill to a T. it's along the lines of the American Pie style of Formula. I do like the atmosphere of a College where you could select whatever you wanted to do&just do your thing. I wish there was a school like that. I would have stayed there&Chilled. the film is real predictable&Full of cliches,but there are some fun moments. I like the Name of the school....more info
this movie is for me perfect,i love it and i watch it again and again,i'm not a teen but just 44 old years old but this movie let me remember when i was in school playing around.it's a funny comedy film and the finest part i loved of this film is when they have a party at "school" dus'nt matter what.this movie is coooooooool....more info
- Good Marks
My wife and I both enjoyed this one. It actually had a message about imagination and creativity. Something often lacking in colleges today. Overall a good comedy with nothing overly self-defacing as many comedies seem to do. If you enjoy movies like "Employee of the Month" or older classics like "Animal House" you will probably find this worth your time. It appeals to a wide range of people, since most people have been rejected somewhere along the line.
A high school student finds himself in a bind when he is turned down by every college he applies too. He finally comes up with the idea of creating his own college where the students decide what the curriculum is and no one is rejected. When thousands of students apply and send him their ten thousand dollars in tuition, he finds himself rolling in money and out of his league. To add insult to injury another college wants the land he has leased for the South Hampton Institute of Technology (doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out what the school sweatshirts said) and will play dirty to get it. Good quality DVD and good replayability....more info
- Silliness Highlights Important Theme (get it?)
My friend Suzanne took me to see Accepted three weeks ago, probably to celebrate my new hire as an adjunct lecturer in the English Department of Queensborough Community College. In the movie, high school graduate Bartelby Gaines--a name with literary overtones, at least the first name--can't get accepted to the staid Harmon College in his hometown in Ohio, or to any other school. To get his parents off his back, the inventive Bartelby (Justin Long), using his computer, invents an acceptance letter from the South Harmon Institute of Technology (get it?). Bartelby, to complete the ruse, gets his computer-savvy friend, Harmon freshman Sherman Schrader (Jonah Hill) to create a website for the bogus school. But the website works too well, and Bartelby is faced with hundreds of college rejects looking for acceptance. So in the confines of an abandoned mental hospital, Bartelby and friends create a college--really an adult education center or community center--where students design their own courses, design clothes in the school colors brown and blue (get it?), create the school newspaper the SH**rag, build a state-of-the-art skateboarding rink, and listen to radical lectures from a washed-up ex-professor (Lewis Black). However, Harmon College's traditionalist Dean Van Horne (Boston Public's Anthony Heald) and the fraternity brothers have reasons to close the new school down.
Sure, the plot is improbable--as one TV reviewer said, "Haven't they ever heard of community college?" But if you look past the silly plot and over-the-top episodes, there's a real message hear about academic freedom, creativity, and appeal to students. In my years at CUNY and even at Pace University, I was never subject to the extreme whitebread culture of Harmon College, and I'm not sure I want to be. Even beyond the college trappings of Accepted, one can see the battle between the desire to mold oneself into acceptability by upper-middle class, status-driven White America, and the desire to be oneself and build toward a true calling by following one's heart and interests. Perhaps we teachers can cull some real lessons from the looney bin of Accepted.
BTW, Accepted fully exploits one or two curse words--and excises the rest.
- Amusement & Inspiration
This is not a movie I would have chosen to see on my own, but my 16 year old senior picked it out for our night out, and who was I to object. Afterwards he declared it was one of his top ten, and that we had to get the DVD when it came out. I was a little less blown away, but can see why he would like it.
Accepted is the story of Bartleby and friends, and the transformation of a scam created to placate Bartleby's parents into an enterprise more meaningful than anyone intended. The lead characters are the not-quite-successful enough, the people who got passed over due to fate, lack of fortune, or simply not being able to work within "the system". Associated supporting cast members are as often the cast offs whose value to the world is judged quickly and completely, which had prevented their talents and dreams from being unearthed (as they can be in such an unconventional learning institution as is formed at South Harmon Institute of Technology).
Complete with motivational speech about the purpose of education, passion, and creativity, Accepted is an enjoyable story about less than conventional success.
As far as a social critique, the movie might pack more punch if it didn't rely on the boy-gets-largely-2-dimensional-girl theme, easy money received for the college, etc. But what did I really expect?...more info
ACCEPTED is the latest in a long line of "slobs vs. snobs" movies; while its take is a bit more unique (a make-believe college, for cryin' out loud), it proves to be just as forgettable as all its predecessors. All the bells and whistles we find in previous meatball comedies are rehashed here (sophomoric humor, slapstick, pranks, pratfalls, and a stick-it-to-the-man finale). This is a movie that has its funny moments, its ho-hum moments, its over-the-top moments--pretty much standard fare for today's run-of-the-mill comedies. (Case in point. The name of the fictitious school is "South Harmon Institute of Technology." Guffaw.)
Justin Long does fine as the smooth talking "founder" of his make-believe college; Jonah Hill is just as adequate as his much-maligned sidekick. Lewis Black gets the juiciest lines as the students' mentor and disgruntled ex-professor, while Anthony Heald upholds the high brow stereotype of the snooty college dean. Overall ACCEPTED is fun, yet quite can't shake an inherent ambivalence. I'll give it a C+.
--D. Mikels, Author, The Reckoning
this movie is for me perfect,i love it and i watch it again and again,i'm not a teen but just 44 old years old but this movie let me remember when i was in school playing around.it's a funny comedy film and the finest part i loved of this film is when they have a party at "school" dus'nt matter what.this movie is coooooooool....more info
- A Little Far Fetched but Funny
Accepted is an enjoyable comedy, although a little hard to believe. Bartelby B. Gaines is a high school senior who has one major problem. He hasn't been accepted into any of the college and university's that he applied to, not even the state university that was his fall back choice. Tired of not having an answer for the "Where are you going?" question and dismayed at disappointing his parents Bartely B. comes up with an idea. In the beginning it's just an acceptance letter. He creates a letter stating that he was accepted to South Harmon Institute of Technology. He even has his friend create a website. Then he starts to think his idea might really work. When his father hands him a check to pay his tuition in full he decides to create a real college. He leases an old dilapidated school building that was once a mental facility and creates a college--dorm rooms and all. The plan just keeps going and going. Students enroll and they even find a dean. Before he knows it he has thousands of students show up at the made up school.
The film is hilarious and comes from the same studio that released American Pie.
I really loved this movie.
DVD special features include
Reject Rejection-The Making of Accepted
The film's soundtrack is pretty hot too and includes songs from Modest Mouse, The Hives, Citizen Cope, Weezer, and Ryan Adams among others.
Accepted is rated PG-13 and is now available on DVD.
- Excellent Acting . . . Bad Script . . .
Foremost, these actors completely invested themselves in this film: Justin Long's charm is undeniable, Lewis Black's cynicism is contagious, and Jonah Hill's devotion to character is impressive. Moreover, new-comer Adam Herschman is wildly hysterical (expect great things from him in the future).
Even still, the casts' passionate devotion could not remedy the sub-par script which was riddled with cheesy lines and ridiculous cliches (Do not expect anything great from this writing team in the future). Case in point: the final sequence is not as much an homage to "Mr. Deeds" but a painful rip-off: "What was your dream?" "I wanted to play the jazz trombone" Ugg. And while many find the script "unbelievable," that really was not a problem for me ("suspension of disbelief" is always critical to the viewing process).
Though the plot is outrageously predictable, it does have some redeeming qualities: most importantly, there is a valuable lesson about Greek Life. While many young people erronously believe that Greek Life is similar to that of John Landis' "Animal House," "Accepted" presents a more accurate portrait. With the number of Greek pledges plummitting every year, it is a relief to see a film which details (no, not their "dark-side") their TEDIOUS side. Kudos for that.
The cinematography in "Accepted" was fine . . . Pink did the best he could with the script he was presented.
Bottom-line: young people who have little film experience will not recognize "Accepted" as a re-hash of all the "college films" of the 70's and 80's. They will thoroughly enjoy it. Adults might not be able to overlook the film's trite quality. ...more info
- The Old Familiar Plot Returns Again
How many times must this story be written and turned into a movie? This is just a real boring movie that has been done time and time again. In this film, they make a party school and pretend it is real until they are discovered and have to prove to the authorities that it is a school worth saving. This same plot was done in a movie just a few years ago called Old School. The only difference is that they were trying to save a party Sorority house instead of a school, and had to prove it worth keeping. That movie was way better. Overall, just another teen college flick that is predictable and done to death. I'm just glad I watched it on TV instead of paying to see it...more info
- It Was A Joy To Watch These Geniuses.
ACCEPTED At Last! A Desire to Better Themselves., August 31, 2006
This is a modern-day remake of the old John Belushi movie about college, only without the pranks. Justin was much better on the eyes than fat John. My Justin would have fit right in with this group with the skateboarding antics and splashing in the pool. Kaleena and Chrissy are as beautiful as the California girls and will be exceptional some day, Kaleen with her ballet training in Cincinnati and Chris with her dynamic bubbling personality. Both have blue eyes and natural blonde hair. Look out!
Young people need to feel that they have been accepted. Not all will be by their first choice of college, many will never be accepted due to a technacality. This group of misfits start their own dream school and it ends up being a success and making a difference in the lives of at least 300 students. See the movie "Accepted" it will inspire even the most mundane of educators. I was in a college environment for 22 years, I know.
In the movie, we watch a college on paper evolve into a real school where the students not only have fun, but learn what they need for the future. B.Gaines had suffered through eight or more rejection letters and his parents insisted that all normal people go to college -- any college. With a core of six or seven, all of whom had be rejected, the set up a dummy college with a false web site to pacify his disappointed parents. They found an abandoned psychiatric hospital on the fringes of a real college, complete with a padded room. They had a ball renovating it themselves and a bunch of internet weirdos, all misfits, were accepted. Seventy four showed up for classes but by the end of the year, there were 300 students all having the time of their lives. Do you know what it's like to be rejected? It hurts. When you are judged by the color of skin, it is an adbomination and evolution is not as important now as the persons who populate the earth, and this fantastic school. It was started as a joke, but evolved into an experiment project like the pilot one.
It started out as a play school with their books purchased from Amazon. It was a party school like UT-K, and a nerd educator called the students of this experimental style of college "freaks at the looney bin." Their school was shut down as a sham, a fraud, but Dr. Jack Alexander decided it was a clever idea, as the students and the founders had a desire to better themselves. They had been humiliated by being judged on their looks and not their abilities. Dr. Alex admitted that he had always wanted to play jazz trombone.
One of the main students turned out to have been a real female "escort" not the kind C. Southcott says he will be in Hawaii. I don't think he will even go on that tour. Your sometimes trust the wrong person whose actions strip you of your dignity temporarily. They started a new Pilot program at the fictitious college which evolved into a very popular real school. It's not just about us anymore. No matter how you try to wing it, circumstances always intervene into scams and tortures. They will be found out. Touche. When you reach desperation, you invent possibilities for the future not only for you but for those involved in hoping for the same conclusion. It was an unconsciencable thing to even contemplate, but elation, creation, determination, reinvarnation, identification, retaliation, desperation, amortization all theorectically lead one to make new rules for a new kind of process. A school built on determination to make good for the misfits of this world. Bartably was anything but a misfit; he may have just had average mentality, but he had the spirit of an innovator and achieved the impossible. He was the star witness and wowed the judges.
- "I hope you guys have hobo stab insurance."
ACCEPTED is the unrealistic but fairly entertaining story of a high school kid who, rejected by a number of colleges, ends up creating and then running a fake university. This flick follows in the footsteps of past misfit college cinema such as OLD SCHOOL and ANIMAL HOUSE. Yes, it's pretty predictable all around as it hits all the expected daffy plot pit stops, but the movie performs in such a pleasant manner that you can't help but roll with its good-natured flow. This is due in part to Justin Long's laid back and low key performance, which grounds the film enough that all the prerequisite wackiness is more easily swallowed. Justin Long's always had this indefinable off-kilter delivery, and it serves him well in his leading role. There's something that's subtly different about this guy that makes you buy into the notion that he could actually pull off his crazy shenanigans.
The plot: When his college rejection letters reach the number of 8, high school scammer Bartleby Gaines (Justin Long, ED, DODGEBALL, HERBIE: FULLY LOADED) decides to craft his own acceptance letter into a fake college he'd invented, the South Harmon Institute of Technology, which Bartleby dubs a sister school of the neighboring, prestigious Harmon College. When his father requests more literature, Bartleby has his best friend Sherman create a college website. But his dad isn't satisfied and demands a face-to-face meeting with the dean. Bartleby gets Sherman's degenerate and bluntly insensitive Uncle Ben (Lewis Black) to enact the part.
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Bartleby, the website is so effective and functional that it soon attracts a mob of misfits, losers, and rejects who were unable to get in any other colleges. Now, with potential scholars having already mailed in their tuition, Bartleby and friends decide to wing it and conduct their own version of college, coming up with their unique and unconventional university curriculum, of which courses include Slacking 101, Bumper Stickers, Girl Watching, Taking a Walk and Thinking About Stuff, Skateboarding 234, and Rock Our Faces Off. Or, as Bartleby tells his hundreds of student hopefuls, "Welcome to S.H.I.T" (their mascot, of course, is a sandwich).
The movie's main conflict is introduced when the Dean (Anthony Heald) of the highly-esteemed Harmon College schemes to extend his university to include a fancy gateway, which he believes will somehow allow Harmon College to compete with the likes of Yale and Stanford. Thus, he orders his rich student lackey Hoyt Ambrose (Travis Van Winkle) - who's dating the girl of Bartleby's dreams and whose fraternity Sherman is trying to get into - to obtain the property rights to the land the gateway will be built on. Problem: those acres are now being occupied by Bartleby's South Harmon Institute. But, of course, it doesn't take long for Hoyt and the ambitious dean to learn of South Harmon's unlawful state...and to act on that knowledge.
Not counting Justin Long's relaxed and sympathetic performance, two other actors acquit themselves pretty darn decently. Lewis Black channels his stand-up manic rants into his role of the subversive Uncle Ben, who doesn't hesitate to state his opinion, often colored with unsaintly language. Jonah Hill as Bartleby's overweight best bud Sherman Schrader has some very funny moments (the screaming-like-a-chick scene and "Ask me about my weiner," just to mention two). There are a few other characters who might've been more memorable had they been given more screen time (the cute Rory, Bartleby's little sis, etc.), but, alas...Monica, sadly, as played by Blake Lively, is a bit too bland for me, needing more of a personality, but, nevertheless, she is muy caliente.
Basically, ACCEPTED strives hard to go the inspired lunacy route but really ends up with nothing that original to say, just more of that same ol' tried and true message of how being unorthodox is okay and that, in the end, it's all about accepting yourself for who you are, no matter that you don't quite fit in with what's considered as the accepted norm. And I can dig that. In final analysis, ACCEPTED is well meaning enough and pleasantly done by the numbers, with easy, common denominater laughs, an ingratiating performance by the lead dude (who, I must admit, I didn't like in the tv show ED), and an unbelievable resolution. No, it's not as sublimely nuts as OLD SCHOOL or ANIMAL HOUSE. But its selling points are good enough for me to rate it as a three starrer. Yeah, I'd watch it again.
- Good Comedy Movie
I only purchased this when the HD-DVD's came down to 5.99. So for a great price, I got a high def copy with a copy that will play in my laptop if need be.
The movie to me is the kind of typical loser teenager tries to make something of themself movie. But thats not a bad thing if done right. And for the most part, this movie is done right. It even gets the 'adult influence' right when they casted Lewis Black. I was quite pleased when I realized they weren't going to do the stupid love triangle throughout the entire movie. Once they hit the downfall of the guy, the movie picked up for me. The rally wasn't a huge rally where everyone just changes their mind and switches to the kids side, its a rally where the people were telling the kid not to do it.
The movie does have some foul language and some situations that may be inappropriate for some ages, and parents probably need to sit through it before letting their kids watch it, and I would be prepared to have questions about some topics.
The extras were pretty good, I like the inclusion of outtakes, and this had a fairly lengthy outtake reel. There were quite a few of deleted scenes, and the commentary was pretty good......more info
- Acceptable? Not completely
As far as movies go, we always like to see the little guy win, the underdog to achieve greatness and the weak to rise above the strong. In this tradition, Accepted tries not only to make the underdog achieve, but to make the antics of people who want to slack off seem appealing.
Justin Long, who you've seen in Dodgeball and the PC vs. Mac commercials, stars as Bartleby, a too-smart-for-his-own-good high school student on the verge of graduation. As his hopes of college life slips through his fingers when he gets the final notification of rejection, he desperately creates a fake college complete with acceptance letter and website to appease his disappointed parents. One thing leads to another and he finds himself actually leasing a building and creating a mock up college for him and the few friends who have also used the faux acceptance letters. Soon he is neck deep in the theatrics of being a legitimate school when hundreds of students show up who have supposedly been accepted, none of which ever received notification of such (wouldn't they have to receive a letter telling them this?), they just applied to the website online. Also, wouldn't all of these people be able to attend community college?
Despite it's short comings of realism, Accepted's theme is a good one. The school gives a place to go for those who want higher education but are unable to get in for one reason or another. And though it's message of everyone wanting doing what they want, specifically in the fields of art, music, culinary, social opinions and yoga are viable school subjects, the art of slacking, social hostility and skateboarding are not really socially supportive and could easily be learned out in real life.
The move really highlights two extremes in thought; the white-bread, WASP community of higher colleges vs. the artistic type community who want to do more free will learning. I do agree with the premise on some levels; Yes, the curriculum of many higher colleges is woefully complicated. Yes, the politics involved in who does and does not get accepted are outrageously discriminatory. Yes, many college fraternity traditions are disgustingly outdated and humiliating. However, it's obvious that the message is grossly understated and irresponsibly delivered.
I do want to give kudos to Justin Long, he has charisma and makes an impressively understated lead character. Lewis Black brilliantly plays the eternally angry former professor who does nothing but rant against the trappings of modern day society. Blake Lively, who is beautiful and talented and showed so much promise in `Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' steps down a bit to portray the sweet girl love interest, Monica.
In the end, the movie redeems itself by sending a `don't be so quick to judge' message and in turn proves itself to be a fun movie, but not hilariously funny. It's entertaining and the straightforward message of being accepted in life no matter who you are works better if you view it from that perspective and not from the scholastic vantage point.
- Great Condition
this movie came in hte best of conditions, even though there are alot of video sellers, this is what we as buyers look for...more info
- Accepted DVD Review
Hilarious ! We had to add it to our home collection. Everytime we watch it, we find something new to laugh at....more info
As teen comedies go, "Accepted" hits about par for the course.
Trotting out the familiar teen-film moral (fitting in bad, creativity good), the real triumph of "Accepted" is that it manages to deliver its message without quite slipping into full-blown clich¨¦s. Yes, at times the writers' comedic inspirations are a bit too obvious--the word "rip-off" is (not by much) too strong--but that's pretty standard for a Hollywood teen comedy. The writing is for the most part rather weak, but a relatively steady stream of laugh-worthy zingers should keep you watching, waiting for the next one.
The actors did an incredible job creating relatable and entertaining characters with a script that left them few real openings. Several enjoyable side-characters provide the most genuine and memorable laughs.
On the whole... not bad, but not great either. I would call it... well, "acceptable."...more info
- Funny Movie
This movie is great. It is hilarious while still having a good story. Might be especially helpful for a teenager who is not quite sure what to do with their life....more info
- A Fun Comedy - More like 3 1/2 stars
The script was surprisingly very well written for this type of film, lots of good lines, although the S Word was overused. There are many funny scenes in this flick, and there was only about a 10-minute period that was kind of slow. The soundtrack was also a very good choice. This movie is all about the transition from High School to getting started in College. When a student is rejected at all Colleges he applied to, he has the bright idea to start his own College ... first only to show his parents an acceptance letter, but as things go, soon the dad wants to meet the principal after looking through the website of the fake college, and so forth. One thing/lie leads to another to cover up the first thing and so on. It's a spoof and as much as it is a comedy, there's an interesting/serious undertone to this film. I'm sure teenagers will enjoy this flick the most....more info
- Different and fun!
I don't know why people are writing essays on this particular movie, but I thought it was pretty funny and entertaining. I enjoyed it. Some parts could've been funnier than they were, but for the most part, the movie did it's job....MADE ME LAUGH!!!! ...more info
- Miss a Frame of ACCEPTED? "I Would Prefer Not To"
If you want to see ACCEPTED in the proper ratio, get the widescreen version, because the so called fullscreen version robs you of so much information on the right and the left of the screen. You can barely make out what's happening on the students' mass curriculum chart, and many of the most amusing bits of the movie are to be found in the crowd scenes; oddly enough, the movie is designed as almost a three ring circus, and the previous reviewer hit it right on the head when she said that it is a movie so rich that you see something different in it every time you watch it. Mostly sight gags, but overlapping dialogue will by and by jump out at you, words and sentences you never heard before in the post-Altman sound mix.
Justin makes the whole movie watching, though maybe in his climactic scene in court he lets himself down a bit, giving his big speech as though channelling Jimmy Stewart in some old Frank Capra picture. We don't love him because he's the new Jimmy Stewart--let Tom Hanks live off that reputation. No, we love him because he's a distinct individual and it hurts to see him have to worm himself into a part that fits him too loosely, like the diaphanous wings of a butterfly wrapped round a live wire. He plays Bartleby Gaines with the sense that he actually has read Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener and he knows what the joke is all about. The producers seem to have gone to great lengths to secure a cast with fresh faces, not the same old "young actors" playing the same parts, Judd Apatow. All in all, it's a movie with brains, even though on the other hand it is possibly the dumbest thing you say in 2006. Wonder why it got such awful reviews? On widescreen the movie plays just fine, and it answers the need I was feeling, deep in my heart, for REVENGE OF THE NERDS PART FIVE. Best part, fraternity house rush week, Justin goes in and meets his nemesis, king frat boy Hoyt Ambrose, blond, clean, tall, who offers his hand and introduces himself, "Hoyt Ambrose," and without missing a beat Justin says, "Floyt Pambrose... weird, eh?"...more info
- its a "must see" movie for comedy
I love this movie and haven't been able to not watch it. I enjoy watching Justin Long and the group he is with in this movie makes it even better. It also helps to realize that with confidence you can do alot of things when the opportunity arises.
- Garbled Philosophy
First time director Steve Pink has written the screenplay for two wonderful films, High Fidelity and Grosse Point Blank, so as a director, I would imagine that he would have to read the script before deciding to make a film. Either he had a case of blindness the day he read the script, or he didn't read it at all. Also, he didn't take the time to research writers Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, who, while still relatively new to the game, hav been responsible for one of the worst films of the decade (2004's Olsen disaster, New York Minute). Being said, Accepted isn't the worst film of the decade, nor is it even remotely in the worst films of the year category. Rather, Accepted is a seriously ambitious film, with a plot "as thin as Nicole Richie on a fad diet", to quote Richard Roeper. That statement couldn't be more on the money. To retread other reviewers, at the beginning of the film, Sherman Schrader (played by Jonah Hill, whose thirty second role in The 40-Year Old Virgin was hysterical) says to main character Bartleby Gaines (Justin Long, of such bad films as Herbie Fully Loaded and Waiting...) "This will never work." And it won't. There are holes in every part of the film's design. None of this will ever work. It's impossible. So, then, I pose the question: Why make a film out of a plot that would in no way shape or form ever work? And please don't answer my question with some stock answer like: "Well, it's escapism. It doesn't need to work." Which may be true, in some cases, if the screenplay is written properly. Accepted's is not. Every character (with one exception; more on him later) is a complete stock character, drawn from every teen/college movie ever made. Bartleby is the slacker type, who, done right (see Ferris Bueller), can actually be funny. There is Schrader, the fat kid that gets picked on, and in this film, made to dress like a sperm, a hot dog, and scores of other things. There is the Tomboy, or Rory in this case (played by Maria Thayer, of the wonderful "Strangers With Candy"), who nobody seems to see as a beautiful woman (and she is very beautiful), but as one of the guys. Also enter the Token Black Guy (to use terminology from Not Another Teen Movie), Hands (played by Columbus Short). Of course, no "main gang" character list would be complete without the wierd kid that nobody understands, or in Accepted, Glen (Adam Herschman). The film is also riddled with gross out humor, and to keep quoting Richard Roeper (from his review of Waiting...), "You can do gross out stuff and still be funny, but it has to have some decent dialogue and characters." So, you ask, why am I generously giving this film 2.5 stars if it seems like I hate it so much? Well, Accepted does have some irresistable laughs, and it sort of grew on me, but only because of the things it has to say about the education system. In college, you are required to take high cost classes that you don't really want to take, but are forced to anyway. Why not let kids take a numerous amount of classes to figure out what they want to do, and still have it count for their degree? But, the way Bartleby and his gang go about it is too loose for college freshmen. If freshmen had as much freedom as this college allows, they would be passed out every night and never actually learn anything. There are more kind of commonsensical things that the film says about our seriously damaged educational system, but I'll let you discover it on your own. The only thing that kept me in the theater long enough to hear some of the insights was the what had to be improvisation of the brilliant Lewis Black. There is absolutely no way that these screenwriters could have written such brilliant rants and raves. It had to have been improvised, and besides, if you have listened or seen any of Black's stand-up shows, his dialogue sounds much like his philosophies. Black plays Ben Lewis (aptly named Dean Lewis), Schrader's ill-begotten uncle, who used to be a college dean, and now works in a shoe store. It isn't long and Lewis is fired and helps in Bartleby & Gang's plot to start a college. With all of this information, I leave the decision to you. Weigh heavily the points I have outlined and determine if you want to spend nine or ten dollars to see this in the theater, or if it might be better to wait for it to come out on DVD. I can't really lean either way; this is definitely a personal taste film....more info
This movie was a laughable riot. Justin Long does a great job at playing a college-bound student who gets rejected by every college that he has applied for. Not only is he feeling the pain of rejection, so are his two friends and other students that show up at the school he's made up.
This hilarious movie portrays how the universities weed out students according to not only their grade point averages, but by their pedigrees, extracurricular activities, and money. Long's character realized how boring the system can be when it is too structured to "accomodate" students and faculty.
South Harmon Institute of Technology allowed for the students to be themselves; not be someone to be accepted. It hit right home with me because even at historical black institutions, not everyone can get into a certain school.
Anyway, this movie is funny from the beginning to the end. ...more info
- Timely Social Commentary
Accepted is quite entertaining.
It works as a mashup of Animal House without the bite, and Nerds without the overstatement.
While fairly predictable, it manages to avoid standard Hollywood development. The lines are good, delivered well, and reasonably believable. Accepted never takes itself too seriously, and neither should we.
There are some fairly strong shots taken at the crumbling industrial age establishment. Most are well presented and reflect the growing disenchantment with tertiary education. One particularly strong point made is that the primary purpose of a college degree has become personal marketing. Today a degree is just a tool to get a job.
There are some obvious flaws in the reality of the show.
Most students that miss both their primary and fall back schools would just go to a community college and then transfer after two years. If you have a diploma from Yale - few are going to question if you spent all four years there.
Being unaccredited is not a crime. Many colleges such as Bastiat Free University are proudly unaccredited. The crime is the fraud of stating you are accredited when you are not. With Internet access the costs of maintaining accreditation infrastructure is becoming an unnecessary burden on students and the school.
Self-directed learning is coming of age. The movie Accepted is a fun loving fulcrum for levering in that reality
If you can overlook the artistic license taken the movie itself is enjoyable. The ideas so softly presented should resonate with perceptive visionaries.
As the industrial age bureaucracies deflate or implode, technologically empowered individuals will fill the void.
Accepted takes the dull vagueness of that prior statement and provides it with a well honed comedic point.
Accepted is worth watching....more info
- Perfect Comedy!!!
This movie is awesome and extremely funny! All the actors did a great job, such as Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Blake Lively, Lewis Black, and Maria Thayer. Everyone seems so lovable, except the bad guys. Bartleby Gains is rejected from every college he applied to, which makes his parents upset. He soon finds out that his friends, Rory, Glen, and Hands get rejected too. He soon comes up with an idea. He asks his other friend, Sherman Schrader to create a website about a new college called South Harmon Institute of Technology. Bartleby's dad sees the website and wants to see the college. Bartleby and his friends find a rundown place and fix it up to look like a college. Then, they need a Dean. Sherman's uncle is asked to play the part of the Dean. After the parents are convinced, the real trouble begins. Rejects from other colleges come to South Harmon Institute of Technology saying that they were accepted there. Bartleby feels sorry for them, so he lets them think it's real college. The Dean over at Harmon College gets mad because S.H.I.T. is where he wants to construct the Van Horne Gateway. Dean Van Horne asks Hoyt Ambrose to spy on them. Later, Bartleby is brought to the accreditation hearing to make S.H.I.T. a real college. If you love comedy, you'll love ACCEPTED!!!
- Lost on some, but hilarious to others (like me)
I loaned this movie to a friend and when he returned it, I got the feeling he wanted to hurt me for making him watch it. Of course, I feel that way about some of the stuff he tells me is great too (when I can truthfully testify it is pure garbage).
Accepted is a cute story of a slacker youth (Justin Long) that finds that he couldn't get 'accepted' into any of his choice of colleges. Faced with the possibility of being heavily admonished by his parents for not having something to do with his life, he and his friends proceed to get him accepted into a college that they create out of thin air.
What follows is a sweet story of creating a home for those that didn't have one before, all of the other youth out there that don't fit in. A free form education platform that just might work.
Also included in the cast is the always acerbic and always funny Lewis Black (who I just can't get enough of) passing on life lessons to the students.
Well worth adding to my video collection, and highly recommended for others as well....more info