Accepted

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.

37%

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Misfit teenagers who can't get into college instead create one of their own in this youth-oriented comedy. Bartleby Gaines (Justin Long) is a high school senior who's a nice guy and reasonably bright. However, his academic history is none too impressive, and as graduation comes and goes he's yet to find a college willing to admit him. Bartleby's parents are unhappy about this turn of events, and when he's turned down by his final "safety" school, Bartleby hatches a desperate scheme -- using his computer, he creates a website and letterhead for a non-existent college, South Harmon Institute of Technology, and tells his parents he'll he matriculating there come September. As it happens, several of Bartleby's friends -- Glen (Adam Herschman), Rory (Maria Thayer), Hands (Columbus Short), and Schrader (Jonah Hill) -- are in the same predicament, and soon they're also part of the new class at South Harmon. Word spreads like wildfire about South Harmon via the internet, and soon hundreds of prospective students are lined up waiting to sign up for its nonexistent classes. Bartleby and his pals commandeer a condemned mental hospital to serve as their campus, persuade Bartleby's mildly deranged Uncle Ben (Lewis Black) to serve as their dean, and soon they're running what looks like a genuine alternative educational facility, at least from a distance. But how long can the kids keep up the scam before their parents get wise...not to mention the officials governing institutions of higher education? Accepted was the first feature film from screenwriter-turned-director Steve Pink.

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Cast

Justin Long
as Bartleby Gaines
Jonah Hill
as Sherman Schrader
Lewis Black
as Uncle Ben
Mark Derwin
as Jack Gaines
Ann Cusack
as Diane Gaines
Hannah Marks
as Lizzie Gaines
Joe Hursley
as Maurice
Jeremy Howard
as Freaky Student
Anthony Heald
as Dean Van Horne
Travis Van Winkle
as Hoyt Ambrose
Sam Horrigan
as Mike Welsh
Ross Patterson
as Mike McNaughton
Artie Baxter
as Mike Chambers
Chantelle Tibbs
as Confused Kid
Christian Long
as Sandwich Mascot
Yorke Fryer
as S. H. Student in Hallway No. 1
York Fryer
as S.H. Student in Hallway
Skyler Stone
as S. H. Student in Hallway No. 2
Jimmy Leung
as S.H. Student in Hallway
Jim Leung
as S. H. Student in Hallway No. 3
Shaun Reyes
as Random S. H. Student
Matt Noble
as Big Larry
Lisa Gleave
as Kiki's Best Friend No. 1
Alejandra Gutierrez
as Kiki's Best Friend No. 2
Jim O'Heir
as Mr. Schrader
Darcy Shean
as Mrs. Schrader
Jay Harik
as Family Friend
Mathew Vigil
as Shoe Store Boy
Debbon Ayer
as Shoe Store Mother
Carla Jimenez
as Shoe Store Manager
Ned Schmidtke
as Board Chairman
Tim Bagley
as Vice Principal Matthews
Ray Santiago
as Boy Going to Princeton
Margaret Travolta
as Academic Counselor
Brian Powell
as Economics Teacher
Mike Daily
as Stressed-out Student No. 1
Jeff Duby
as Stressed-out Student No. 2
Scott Adsit
as Drop-Off Dad
Lindy Loundagin
as Drop-Off Mom
Steve Little
as Desk Clerk
Ethan Hova
as Male Graduate
Paraic McGann
as BKE Pledge With Jacket
Arthur Leo
as ESL Student
Criscilla Crossland
as Go Go Dancer No. 1
Larke Hasstedt
as Go Go Dancer No. 2
Holly Fielding
as Autograph Student
Meredith Giangrande
as Glen's Party Girl No. 1
Kate French
as Glen's Party Girl No. 2
Christina Diaz
as S.H. Testimonial Student
Zoe Di Stefano
as S.H. Testimonial Student
David Carmon
as S.H. Testimonial Student
Armen Weitzman
as S.H. Testimonial Student
Christopher Khai
as S.H. Testimonial Student
Stephanie St. Hilaire
as S.H. Testimonial Student
Shameka Banks
as S.H. Testimonial Student
Nicholas Garren
as S.H. Testimonial Student
Louie Heredia
as S.H. Testimonial Student
Matthew St. Clair
as Fake ID Kid
Jamie Leffler
as Fake ID Kid
Nina Nam
as Fake ID Kid
Wendy Waller
as Fake ID Kid
Ronnie Lewis Jr.
as Fake ID Kid
Matthew Ching
as Fake ID Kid
Richard Brown
as Fake ID Kid
Miylika Davis
as Fake ID Kid
Portis Hershey
as Fake ID Kid
Jaime Seibert
as A Ringer
Greg Lutzka
as Pro Skater/BMX Rider
Chad Fernandez
as Pro Skater/BMX Rider
Richard Thorne
as Pro Skater/BMX Rider
Mathias Ringstrom
as Pro Skater/BMX Rider
Ben Snowden
as Pro Skater/BMX Rider
Mike Crum
as Pro Skater/BMX Rider
Kurtis Colamonico
as Pro Skater/BMX Rider
Jason Jones
as Pro Skater/BMX Rider
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