PG-13 | 18 August 2006 (USA)
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A high school slacker who's rejected by every school he applies to opts to create his own institution of higher learning, the South Harmon Institute of Technology, on a rundown piece of property near his hometown.


Good concept, poorly executed.

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Expected more

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a film so unique, intoxicating and bizarre that it not only demands another viewing, but is also forgivable as a satirical comedy where the jokes eventually take the back seat.

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Sameer Callahan

It really made me laugh, but for some moments I was tearing up because I could relate so much.

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Watched this movie hoping I could sit back and relax. It turned out to be the total opposite. I'm sitting here right now totally frustrated, almost crying, about how bad this movie was. I almost vomited over my TV. I couldn't relate what soever with any of the characters and they didn't developed during the movie. The main character was a total prick. That's why I sympathized with the bad guys instead of the ''good'' guys. The whole movie was totally predictable. The movie was a total waste of my time. Don't watch it. Only Jona Hill's girly scream was funny. The rest was totally frustrating. Hated it. Hope I never have to see it again in my life.

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Well stab me in the back and call me late for dinner! I can't believe it, but I've been pleasantly surprised...and that doesn't happen often. I was looking for a laugh here-and-there and I knew that I really like Jonah Hill, so needless to say I went for it. Jonah was very funny as usual, but the surprise was Justin Long. All I will say is that I've seen him around, but this was a breakout performance and I can't wait to see him again ASAP.So, no spoilers, short and sweet. just remember to never judge a book by it's cover and check this one out for a lot of genuinely funny moments...everybody loves surprises. Enjoy.( vote was high because, quite frankly, we all need to laugh and this movie will make anyone at any age do exactly that. That's why my review was 'short & sweet'. Now stop reading and go watch it!)

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"Accepted" is about a small band of high school graduates, led by Bartleby Gaines (Justin Long), that began a college. They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Well, these kids were all rejected from known universities and had to concoct a plan to stave off parental accosting (I guess junior colleges didn't exist in this town). Coincidentally (or not coincidentally) this very thing occurred in Germany in 1948.This movie was mildly funny and really if it weren't for Jonah Hill it would not have been that. Justin Long's style and the played out clichés just didn't do it for me. What clichés? Well, he was rejected by Harmon College which, of course, is full of wealthy xenophobic WASPs who wouldn't even urinate on you if you were on fire if you don't fit their mold. Harmon College and its attendees were the typical over-the-top bourgeois, nose-in-the-air, stuck up group which give the undying impression that all rich people are a-holes. And Bartleby, or B, was the quirky, witty, cliché individualist that flies in the face of the establishment. In other words, a Hollywood plot we've all seen a thousand times.That's not to say that the movie was a total bust and not worth watching. Like I stated, Johan Hill as Sherman Schrader was great. It was interesting enough to see how big he used to be. Lewis Black, for those who like him, was in classic form. The movie had good moments and provided a solid story of a school started by students. It's just Justin Long and the redressed "Revenge of the Nerds" that I didn't like.

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A very good, refreshing and lighthearted comedy that has a good point.The movie is not realistic at all. There is no way in this world that somebody who didn't get accept anywhere would bother with creating a new school, there are other options after all such as community colleges and trade school, plus it would never work. But the thing is that movies don't have to be realistic. As long as they are fun and bring a message and this movie does it.It is not the usual college comedy. It isn't all about sex and profanity (not that I am against such kind of a comedy but it is always fun to see something different). It has a very positive and clever humor.The cast is great as well. I liked Justin Long, Jonah Hill and it was great to see Leis Black. Although since this movie is not R rated he couldn't be at his best. Actors who are not as well known as these three were also a good collection. Jeremy Howard especially stood out.And I liked the message of the movie. It criticizes the obsession with traditional education. Which is not the best for everybody and often takes away from people the ability of self discovery. It is also very bureaucratic and doesn't always make sense. Like when Monica (Black Liveley) who majors in photography says that she can't take classes that are not part of her major (even though they are about photography as well). This fake college offers that self discovery to students ho are very much outcasts of the society (there is a guy with ADD, a stripper a creepy guy etc). I think the only problem with the movie was that they really dumbed down the college program. Instead having classes like "daydreaming" which is a total nonsense they could have been more creative. They still could have things like skating or rock'n roll and no traditional math/chemistry etc classes, but they could have more useful creative ideas. Something like "exploring the nature around you", "inventing of new recipes" etc. etc.

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