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"Accepted" Movie Review from MoviePulse.

by Mike Massie, www.MoviePulse.net on 9/29/2007

Justin Long stars as Bartleby Gaines who has been rejected from every school he’s applied to. Desperate to please his disconcerted parents, who believe college is a mandatory part of life, Bartleby decides to scan a rejection letter and create a phony letter of acceptation from a fictitious school. Appropriately dubbed the South Harmon Institute of Technology (S.H.I.T.), Bartleby gets his best friend Sherman (Jonah Hill) to create an official-looking website for the school, which escalates the ruse. Along with a group of misfits, including Columbus Short, Adam Herschman and Maria Thayer, who similarly failed to be accepted to a college, Gaines accesses an abandoned insane asylum as a further façade for his parents, who plan on dropping him off at college on his first day. Sherman’s Uncle Ben (Lewis Black) is additionally recruited to act as the dean for the institute. Hilarity ensues as Bartleby and his friends discover that hundreds of other rejected kids have accidentally been accepted to South Harmon, and so the makeshift staff decides to help these outcasts rather than turn them away. The screenplay is hysterical, although peculiarly devoid of strong language, and the situations and central plot points are well executed. The film is relatively short and suitably paced. The target audience is clearly college kids, and yet for some unperceived reason, the creators decided to push for the PG-13 rating instead of R. Although this allows for younger audiences to actually purchase tickets (otherwise they’ll buy tickets for a different film and sneak into the R-rated one), it also deters the college kids themselves from going, who feel PG-13 is not mature enough. Nudity and strong language don’t belong in every film, but this one could have been funnier and raunchier with little additions that were probably originally shot only to be ousted later on. Recently studios seem to be ignoring the statistics about the rating system and how they affect their films. PG-13 is increasingly more for kids and the adult audiences just don’t want to see films that are obviously edited down for content. The trailers lead you to believe it will be an American Pie style film, but it’s difficult to compare the two, since Accepted is a bit too squeaky clean. However, no dull moments prevail, and although some of the jokes don’t work, they are quickly subdued by stronger and more elaborate gags. I would have liked to see some riskier content, but overall the film delivers its witticism and laughs effortlessly. While there are multitudes of teen comedies out there, Accepted has undeniable charm, excellent character acting, and of course the always cynical favorite, Lewis Black. - Read the full review at www.MoviePulse.net

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This was a clever film. Justin Long brings the right amount of confidence, cockiness, & charm to the role of Bartleby, & Jonah Hill has multiple good scenes as Shrader, who faces the dilemma of joining the evil frat or staying with his true friends. Cinematography is decent and good, the soundtrack fits, & there are some winning & some familiar moments though.

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Product Overview

When a high school burnout discovers he's been rejected from every college he's applied to, he creates a fake university in order to fool his overzealous parents.

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Studio Universal
SKU 203324574
UPC 025192885327
UPC 14 00025192885327
Format DVD
Release Date 5/5/2009
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Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Actors
Name Long,Justin
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Blake Lively - Actor
David Schommer - Original Music By
Jonah Hill - Actor
Justin Long - Actor
Lewis Black - Actor
Louis G. Friedman - Executive Producer
Mark Perez, et. al. - Writer
Matthew F. Leonetti - Cinematographer
Michael Bostick - Producer
Scott Hill - Editor
Steve Pink - Director
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ReviewSource Variety
Review Acceptable as a slab of teen-targeted summer fare, "Accepted" is a cheerfully implausible underdog comedy about several college rejects who invent a phony alma mater, only to find themselves paying way more than just tuition. Conceived in the same authority-defying, loser-uniting vein as a mainstream Richard Linklater picture...As a misfit-empowering comedy that embraces the stragglers and fringe-dwellers of teen society, "Accepted" is sweetly amusing, gently anarchic and never mean-spirited. But as it winds toward its final showdown between South Harmon and a state accreditation board, its attempts to make an inspiring, grand statement about mediocrity as a legitimate form of personal expression feel awfully threadbare.
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Reviewer Justin Chang
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review "Accepted" is the perfect comedy for moviegoers who prefer not to think too much. The plot exists in an alternate reality where there's no such thing as a junior college, actor Justin Long is about a decade too old to play his high school graduate character and wild coincidence always trumps logic when it's time to move the story forward...Lewis Black is great as a burnout ex-professor who becomes the school's dean, and Blake Lively is sufficiently lovely as Bartleby's love interest..."Accepted" isn't the next "Animal House," but it definitely could qualify as the next "PCU," which still makes it better than 85 percent of the comedies aimed at this demographic.
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Reviewer Peter Hartlaub
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, French
Product Attributes
Actor Long,Justin
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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M. E. Russell, Portland Oregonian ...one of the few genuinely funny comedies in a dismal movie summer.
Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com ...buoyant, punky energy.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe Low of brow and pure of heart, the movie plays like "Animal House" extra-lite...

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