Accepted

Accepted

Steve Pink (2006)

89min
12 Certificate
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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.

Summary

A high-school student denied a place at any of his chosen colleges resolves to set up an educational institution of his own in collaboration with slacker friends. The ingenious misfits go to great lengths to convince their parents of the college's authenticity, despite its unorthodox curriculum. Comedy, starring Justin Long, Jonah Hill and Adam Herschman.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Steve Pink
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Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Swearing. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 6 Oct 2006

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