Accepted (2006)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: August 18, 2006
DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 37% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

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.

Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal

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

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Joshua Starnes

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

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

If you can lighten up for an hour and a half, the film delivers one good laugh after another.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Sporadically entertaining but relentlessly lightweight...

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

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.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Too bad what begins as a cheerfully irreverent comedy in the tradition of Animal House gets all pious when it slams fraternity culture at neighboring Harmon College.

Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
National Lampoon's Animal House has a lot to answer for. Ever since John Landis' comedy became one of the biggest hits of the late-1970s, we have had… More
Eric Alvarez
Stupid and not realistic.
Kevin M. Williams
Students rejected by authorized institutions of higher learning decide to start their own college in this Animal House cousin that pretends to question… More
Bethany Murphy
Quirky teen comedy. Funny and inventive. I quite liked it.
Alex roy
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,… More
Mike S
Pretty inconsistent in the quality of its humor, but when it's funny, it's downright hilarious. Justin Long is great as always, and the perfect pick… More