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  • Summary: High school senior Bartleby "B" Gaines is on his way to scoring eight out of eight rejection letters from colleges, which isn't going to go over big with Mom and Dad. At least he's not alone in the exclusion. Several of his crew of outcast friends are in the same, college-less boat. So how does a guy facing a bleak career please his parents and get noticed by dream girl Monica? Simple. Open his own university. (Universal Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. It's one of the few genuinely funny comedies in a dismal movie summer.
  2. Accepted's winning dumbness and breezy bons mots save it from the pit.
  3. 60
    How much you join in will depend on how big a fan you are of the collegiate comedy formula, how many times you've seen "Animal House" and "Caddyshack," and how much you hate Long in those smarmy Mac commercials.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Mostly, it wallows in partying with a capital P.
  5. While I have no problem with slackers making me laugh, when they start preaching, that's when my ears close and my eyes roll.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    A campus comedy that's as dull as bong water, Accepted is like the product of a community college filmmaking class, remedial division.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. Andrew
    Sep 1, 2006
    This movie was hilarious. I though it would mostly be funny for Lewis Black, but it was funny everywhere else.
  2. DavidA.
    Aug 26, 2006
    I ain't laiugh my @$$ off in a movie like this since scary movie 3, that ending was funny as $h!t too. If u tired os stupid movies u gotta see this one, its one of the few good comedies this summer. Peace out!!! Expand
  3. Sep 7, 2011
    I put this movie in expecting to see an American Pie knock-off that I was going to hate. I was pleasantly surprised to find an amusing comedy with a very good point: our current system of higher entertainment sucks. If you're one of those yuppies who supports college 100% and believe a future without it is impossible, pass this by. If your one of the people who got rejected from college, or went to college and realized how ridiculous it is, you'll love this movie. Expand
  4. MichaelB.
    Dec 18, 2006
    I thought this film would be awful, but it really exceeded my expectations. It's not funny in the over-the-top American Pie sort of way we've come to expect from the teen comedy genre, but pretty funny nonetheless. Lewis Black delivers a great performance, but should have had more screen time. Definitely worth a rent. Expand
  5. Nov 12, 2012
    Lewis Black, the standout here, still manages to suffer from the bland script, which takes the potential 'Accepted,' had, and shoves it down the toilet. Expand
  6. ChadS.
    Oct 16, 2006
    In this movie universe, community colleges don't exist. An argument can be made that "Accepted" is science fiction, like Phillip Roth's "The Plot Against America"(highbrow sci-fi has the snobby cachet of being labeled "speculative fiction"), this story takes place in an alternate history, in which the republicans seemingly have won the battle to eliminate two-year institutions. After Bartleby (Justin Long) gets the shaft from seven four-year institutions, and curiously, there is no mention of j.c.'s as a logical alternative to the service industry. "Accepted" isn't clever enough to follow through with its somewhat appealing premise of creating a fake college (too much time is spent on Bartelby's pursuit of Monica), but it does have some clever references to films like "Shattered Glass"(fake journalist) and "This is Spinal Tap"(fake documentary). On second thought, maybe South Harmon Institute of Technology is supposed to be a disparagement against community college itself. Expand
  7. May 28, 2013
    Typical brain-dead comedy perfectly suited for anyone currently failing college or regretting the fact that they never attended. Cliche in almost every regard, with a horrible leading actor, and a boring "rebellious young teen vs. old white men" philosophy that seals its place in the worst of the worst. Expand

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