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Accepted (2006)


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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 25

Critics Consensus: 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: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 359,796


Movie Info

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 … More

PG-13 (for language, sexual material and drug content)
Directed By:
Written By:
Adam Cooper , Bill Collage , Mark Perez
In Theaters:
Nov 14, 2006
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Accepted

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (71) | DVD (22)

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.

Full Review… | August 21, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Here's the final mystery about Accepted: Why title a movie that so readily invites the headline Rejected as a critical riposte?

Full Review… | August 19, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Go right ahead and skip this one at the Cineplex. You've got my word: It won't be on the final.

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

It has a few funny bits here and there, but they're deeply mired in the seen-it-all-beforeness of the film.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010

Sporadically entertaining but relentlessly lightweight...

Full Review… | May 17, 2007
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.

Full Review… | March 15, 2007

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

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

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

Full Review… | November 12, 2006
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.

Full Review… | October 5, 2006

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

Full Review… | September 28, 2006
Shadows on the Wall

Wants to be so much funnier than it actually is.

Full Review… | September 2, 2006
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."

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

expect an uneasy feeling of recycling.

Full Review… | August 28, 2006

Subversive, sophomoric comedy

Full Review… | August 26, 2006

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.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
Film Threat

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

Full Review… | August 23, 2006
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

Full Review… | August 22, 2006
Movie Eye

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

Full Review… | August 21, 2006

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.

Full Review… | August 21, 2006
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.

Full Review… | August 21, 2006
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.

Full Review… | August 20, 2006
Premiere Magazine

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.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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.

Apeneck Fletcher

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.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer


Stupid and not realistic.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Accepted Quotes

Bartleby "B" Gaines:
I could go to jail.
Uncle Ben:
Don't worry, you're young. Your butt can take it.
– Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
Hoyt Ambrose:
You want me to give you something funny to laugh about?
Bartleby "B" Gaines:
You mean funnier than your future alcohol abuse?
– Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
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)
Bartleby "B" Gaines:
Schrader, what about you? What do you want to learn?
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)
Bartleby "B" Gaines:
Why'd you get fired?
I got fired for making a shrimp slushy.
Bartleby "B" Gaines:
That's disgusting! Why would you do that pal?
'Cause I was hungry and thirsty!
– Submitted by Francis L (2 years ago)
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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