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Accepted (2006)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 111
Fresh: 40 | Rotten: 71

Like its characters who aren't able to meet their potential, Accepted's inconsistent and ridiculous plot gets annoying, despite a few laughs.


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 25

Like its characters who aren't able to meet their potential, Accepted's inconsistent and ridiculous plot gets annoying, despite a few laughs.



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When the weight of rejection begins to set in after being denied entry to every college he has applied to, a high school burnout attempts to placate his mom and dad and win the heart of his dream girl by scheming with his friends to create a fake university in a hilarious comedy of artificial education directed by Steve Pink and starring Justin Long. Bartleby "B" Gaines (Long) is a high school senior whose street smarts just never seemed to translate into the classroom, and whose bad luck in



Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Mark Perez

Nov 14, 2006


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Even the characters in the movie are saying at the beginning, 'This is crazy. This will never work.' And I'm like, you know what? You're right. It never will. Not for one second. Even in a whacky comedy like this.

August 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (2)
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Here's the final mystery about Accepted: Why title a movie that so readily invites the headline Rejected as a critical riposte?

August 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Even though it outright plagiarizes many plot points and gags of that generational classic, Accepted can't make the leap from contrived to genuine comedy.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Go right ahead and skip this one at the Cineplex. You've got my word: It won't be on the final.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comment (1)
Wall Street Journal
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It has a few funny bits here and there, but they're deeply mired in the seen-it-all-beforeness of the film.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source:

Sporadically entertaining but relentlessly lightweight...

May 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Though keeping worthwhile targets - like professors who want to see their most creative students fail - director Steve Pink lets his punk inspiration slide into standard school rivalries and unrelated slapstick.

March 15, 2007 Full Review

The movie works on the pure energy of its straight-faced silliness.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

[Accepted] would be funnier with an R rating on principle

November 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comment (1)
Film Freak Central

Average comedy that's low on jokes and doesn't quite live up to its premise, though it remains watchable thanks to a charming performance by Justin Long.

October 5, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Amid the corny cliches, the writers have buried several genuinely hilarious throwaway lines.

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Wants to be so much funnier than it actually is.

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

A flat comedy based on a flimsy premise and filled out with the usual "snowballing lie" plot, climaxing in the "rousing speech."

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

expect an uneasy feeling of recycling.

August 28, 2006 Full Review Source:

Subversive, sophomoric comedy

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source:

It's merely the latest entry (and a regrettably PG-13 rated one at that) in the "slobs vs. snobs" comedy subgenre that dates back to the far superior Animal House.

August 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

If -- for whatever incomprehensible reason -- you're searching for a movie with maximum ennui value, this is that movie.

August 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Unfortunately for Accepted, the movie's make-the-grade spunkiness as a collegiate cut-up has been emphatically Denied.

August 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Could possibly gain Frat Pack pledge Justin Long his own acceptance.

August 21, 2006 Full Review Source:

Slackers, Rejoice! Makes the comedy honor roll for being inventive and riotously funny.

August 21, 2006

I went in expecting that "Accepted" would flunk its PG-13 comedy course within minutes. Was I ever surprised to discover that it's sometimes clever, and surprisingly gentle -- a formula to be sure, yes, but an enjoyable one all the same.

August 21, 2006 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

You have to cheer a film that chooses the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop" as its anthem and not something by Matchbox 20.

August 21, 2006 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

One could argue that you shouldn't expect a teen comedy to offer a nuanced depiction of the role of education in public life, but in response I'd refer you to Election and Clueless.

August 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine | Comments (2)
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Audience Reviews for Accepted

It fails at raising what it thinks is a serious argument and only proves that the minority is actually the majority and who cares anyway. To think that way would be taking it too seriously though and I'm not going to do that. I've wanted to see this film in years as I had heard good things about it from people I don't hate that much. I also wanted to finally see the film that has Jonah Hill dressed up in that Hotdog costume. I liked it, it's silly. It verges on being yet another US college cliche but it is better than most. That's not saying much but it was still enjoyable.
February 3, 2014

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Students rejected by authorized institutions of higher learning decide to start their own college in this Animal House cousin that pretends to question "legitimate" education, but like a slacker friend who discusses world politics while smoking all of yer stash really just wants to party. Charm carries the day here and Lewis Black plays my own personal Gandhi.
June 4, 2012

Super Reviewer

Accepted is a poorly constructed college comedy that tries too hard at being the next Animal House. The difference is, is that Animal House was actually funny, and memorable. This film isn't. The cast here are uninteresting, and though the film starts off with some potential, Accepted ultimately fails to deliver anything worth mentioning. This is a flawed film that just doesn't work. I thought that the film had potential, but it seems that the filmmakers didn't know how to deliver anything good. The film is just a caricature of every other college comedy; we've seen it all before, this one is just predictable with a wasted cast. This film could have been a lot better than it turned out. This is just a pointless comedy with gags that are strained, and in most cases unfunny. Accepted fails to delivers great laughs. Thus this film just ends up being an awful, tiresome comedy that doesn't try to make you laugh. This film simply doesn't work and is not worth your time. This is just a film that has far too much wasted potential. Accepted could have been a great college teen film, but instead ends up being a misfire. This film simply doesn't work, due to a tiresome, predictable formula and not so good acting. I really didn't enjoy this film, and I felt that a lot more effort could have been put into the film to try and create something good. I'll stick with Animal House as that is the definitive college comedy.
June 3, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Stupid and not realistic.
July 31, 2011
Eric Alvarez

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    1. Bartleby "B" Gaines: I could go to jail.
    2. Uncle Ben: Don't worry, you're young. Your butt can take it.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Hoyt Ambrose: You want me to give you something funny to laugh about?
    2. Bartleby "B" Gaines: You mean funnier than your future alcohol abuse?
    3. Glen: BATTLE ROYALE.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Uncle Ben: Health insurance my ass! They don't pay for shit. You get sick on a Friday, they only pay from Monday through Thursday. You go to doctor A, they only pay for doctor B. You break your penis, they only fix vaginas!
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Bartleby "B" Gaines: Schrader, what about you? What do you want to learn?
    2. Sherman Schrader: Well, B, I'm glad you asked actually, 'cause since we're going to prison, I'm gonna learn how to carve a shank out of my toothbrush.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Bartleby "B" Gaines: Why'd you get fired?
    2. Glen: I got fired for making a shrimp slushy.
    3. Bartleby "B" Gaines: That's disgusting! Why would you do that pal?
    4. Glen: 'Cause I was hungry and thirsty!
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
    1. Uncle Ben: [to Group] What is learning? It's paying attention. It's opening yourself up to this great big ball of shit that we call life, and what's the worst that could happen? You get bit in the ass. Well let me tell you: my ass looks like hamburger meat, but I can still sit down.
    – Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
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