Accepted

  • 12
  • Steve Pink (2006)
  • US
  • 89 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Accepted will certainly strike a chord with young people undergoing the stresses of university admission; whether anyone else shows an interest will depend on their liking for lighthearted sophomoric fun. Justin Long plays Bartleby Gaines, a high-school slacker who is turned down by all his college choices. Instead of retiring to his bedroom to sulk, he enterprisingly creates a college for himself and his fellow rejects. His university's unorthodox curriculum includes courses on "Doing Nothing" and "How to Blow Stuff Up with Your Mind" - a more useful preparation for life, surely, than the ubiquitous Media Studies. This good-hearted nonsense is carried off with some aplomb by first-time director Steve Pink and his young cast. But, while it's certainly an antidote to the scatological teen-humour seen in EuroTrip and the American Pie franchise, it never quite reaches the heights of its obvious inspiration, John Hughes's classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Pink was screenwriter on John Cusack's Grosse Pointe Blank and High Fidelity; Ann Cusack (John's sister) plays Long's mum here.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Justin Long as teenage slacker Bartleby Gaines, who has the dubious distinction of being turned down by every college he's applied to. With his demanding parents losing patience, Bartleby devises a scam to keep them happy - inventing a university of his own.

Cast and crew

Cast

Bartleby Gaines
Justin Long
Sherman Schrader
Jonah Hill
Monica
Blake Lively
Rory
Maria Thayer
Dean Van Horne
Anthony Heald
Glen
Adam Herschman
Hands
Columbus Short
Uncle Ben
Lewis Black
Jack Gaines
Mark Derwin
Diane Gaines
Ann Cusack

Crew

Director
Steve Pink

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
UIP
Guidance: 
Swearing.
Available on DVD
Released 6 Oct 2006
Certificate 12
Distributor:
Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd
Categories
Comedy

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