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|Directed by||Steve Pink|
|Story by||Mark Perez|
|Music by||David Schommer|
|Cinematography||Matthew F. Leonetti|
|Edited by||Scott Hill|
|Shady Acres Entertainment|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||August 18, 2006|
|Running time||92 minutes|
Accepted is a 2006 American comedy film directed by Steve Pink and written by Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, and Mark Perez. The plot follows a group of high school graduates who create their own fake college after being rejected from the colleges to which they applied. The story takes place in Wickliffe and a fictitious college town called Harmon in Ohio. Filming took place in Los Angeles and Orange in California.
Bartleby Gaines (Justin Long) is a persuasive senior from William McKinley High School in Wickliffe, Ohio, who, among other pranks, creates fake IDs. His gifts do not extend to grades, however, and he receives rejection letters from all of the colleges to which he applies, including those with high acceptance rates. In an attempt to gain approval from his strict father (Mark Derwin), Bartleby creates a fake college, the South Harmon Institute of Technology (S.H.I.T.). His best friend, Sherman Schrader III (Jonah Hill), who has been accepted into his father's prestigious alma mater Harmon College, aids Bartleby and fellow rejects Rory Thayer (Maria Thayer), who only applied to Yale University; Hands Holloway (Columbus Short), who lost his athletic scholarship after an injury; and Glen (Adam Herschman), who failed his SAT exam. To make the "college" seem legitimate, Bartleby convinces Sherman to create a functional website for the school.
When his father insists on meeting the dean, Bartleby hires Sherman's peculiar uncle, Ben Lewis (Lewis Black), a former Harmon College professor, to play that role, and he leases an abandoned psychiatric hospital adjacent to Harmon College and renovates it to look like a college campus. Their plan backfires when the website, which automatically accepts any applicant, enrolls hundreds of other rejected students. Bartleby realizes that these people have nowhere else to go, so he lets them believe that the school is real, a place where they will finally feel accepted, despite objections from his friends. After a visit to Harmon disenchants him with traditional college life, he has the students create their own curricula. Students write down what they want to learn on a giant whiteboard, ranging from the culinary arts, sculpting, meditations, to unusual courses such as psychokinesis, a subject one eccentric kid (Jeremy Howard) wishes to study.
Bartleby creates a school newspaper (the S.H.I.T. Rag), invents a mascot (the S.H.I.T. Sandwiches), and throws themed parties. Meanwhile, the dean of Harmon College, Richard Van Horne (Anthony Heald), makes plans to construct the Van Horne Gateway, a park-like "verdant buffer zone" adjacent to the college that the dean hopes will "keep knowledge in and ignorance out". He dispatches Hoyt Ambrose (Travis Van Winkle) to free up the nearby properties, but when Bartleby refuses to relinquish the lease for the South Harmon property, Hoyt sets to work trying to reveal the college as a fake. The dispute turns personal, since Bartleby has been vying for the affections of Hoyt's ex-girlfriend, Monica Moreland (Blake Lively). Hoyt exposes South Harmon as a fake institution through Sherman, who is attempting to join Hoyt's fraternity as a legacy, but is constantly humiliated and abused by them. After debasing Sherman once more, the fraternity violently forces him to hand over all the files he has created for South Harmon.
Hoyt contacts all the students' parents, and with Van Horne, he reveals the school as a sham. Soon after, the school is forced to close, but Sherman, who has had enough with Harmon College's corruption, files for accreditation on behalf of South Harmon, giving Bartleby a chance to make his college legitimate. At the subsequent State of Ohio educational accreditation hearing, Bartleby makes an impassioned speech about the failures of conventional education and the importance of following one's own passions, convincing the board to grant his school a one-year probationary accreditation to test his new system, thus foiling Van Horne's plans. The college reopens, with more students enrolling, including Sherman and Monica. In addition, Bartleby finally earns the approval of his father, who is proud that his son now owns a college. As the film closes, Van Horne walks to his car in the parking lot, only to watch it suddenly explode. Bartleby watches in astonishment as the eccentric student from earlier makes his interest in psychokinetic explosion a reality.
- Justin Long as Bartleby Gaines
- Jonah Hill as Sherman Schrader III
- Blake Lively as Monica Moreland
- Anthony Heald as Dean Richard Van Horne
- Lewis Black as Ben Lewis
- Travis Van Winkle as Hoyt Ambrose
- Diora Baird as Kiki
- Adam Herschman as Glen
- Maria Thayer as Rory Thayer
- Columbus Short as Hands Holloway
- Mark Derwin as Jack Gaines
- Ann Cusack as Diane Gaines
- Hannah Marks as Lizzie Gaines
- Joe Hursley as Maurice / The Ringers
- Sam Horrigan as Mike Welsh
- Robin Lord Taylor as Abernathy Darwin Dunlap
- Jeremy Howard as Freaky student
- Kaitlin Doubleday as Gwynn
- Ross Patterson as Mike McNaughton
- Kellan Lutz as Dwayne
- Brendan Miller as Wayne
- Ray Santiago as Princeton boy
- Greg Sestero as a Frat boy (uncredited)
- Ned Schmidtke as Dr. J. Alexander
- Artie Baxter as Mike Chambers
- Jim O'Heir as Sherman Schrader II
- Darcy Shean as Mrs. Schrader
Accepted was released to mixed reviews, with an average score of 37% from Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews from 111 critics. The Rotten Tomatoes consensus states that "like its characters who aren’t able to meet their potential, Accepted's inconsistent and ridiculous plot gets annoying, despite a few laughs". The film received a 47% on Metacritic, based on reviews from 27 select critics. It received 3 out of 5 stars from Allmovie.
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The film made $10,023,835 in its opening weekend and opened at No. 5 at the U.S. box office, behind Snakes on a Plane, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby's third weekend, World Trade Center's second, and Step Up's second.
By the end of its run, on October 19, 2006, Accepted had grossed $36,323,505 domestically and $2,181,504 internationally, with a worldwide total of $38,505,009.
The film was released on DVD on November 14, 2006, in both widescreen and fullscreen formats. The DVD came supplied with deleted scenes and a gag reel. Accepted was also one of the films released on HD DVD format before the format was discontinued.
|Accepted (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|Soundtrack album by Various|
|Released||August 8, 2006|
|Accepted (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|2.||"Gravity Rides Everything"||Modest Mouse||4:20|
|3.||"The Hives Declare Guerre Nucleaire"||The Hives||1:35|
|4.||"Bole 2 Harlem"||Bole 2 Harlem||4:09|
|5.||"Eleanor Rigby" (Originally by The Beatles)||David Schommer featuring David Jensen||3:57|
|7.||"Where Do I Begin"||The Chemical Brothers feat. Beth Orton||6:31|
|8.||"Sherman's Way"||David Schommer||2:12|
|9.||"Keepin' Your Head Up"||The Ringers||1:50|
|10.||"Don't You (Forget About Me)" (Originally by Simple Minds)||David Schommer||1:58|
|12.||"Let The Drummer Kick"||Citizen Cope||4:17|
|13.||"To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)"||Ryan Adams||3:05|
|14.||"You Think We Suck"||Ape Fight||2:19|
Other songs not included on the soundtrack:
- "Close to Me" by The Cure plays in Bartleby's room whenever the disco ball comes down
- "Holiday" by Green Day. There has been some confusion over the fact that Weezer and Green Day each have a song by the title "Holiday" in the film, but only the Weezer song is on the official soundtrack.
- "Blitzkrieg Bop" by The Ramones. Played at a party held at South Harmon, and Bartleby sings the majority of it on stage. The DVD also features a music video of the song featuring the cast and crew.
- "Blitzkrieg Bop" by Justin Long with The Ringers
- "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac is played during the high school graduation party.
- "I'm Better" by Scott Thomas
- "Sweet Confusion" by Divine Right
- "Spotlight" by The Ringers
- "Walkin' the Walk" by The Daniel May Quartet
- "String Quartet in G, Opus 18" by FLUX Quartet
- "Bridges and Balloons" by Joanna Newsom
- "Rotten Tomatoes' page on Accepted". Rotten Tomatoes.
- "Metacritic's page on Accepted". Metacritic.
- "Allmovie's review of Accepted". www.allmovie.com.
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