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.
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After being rejected from every college he applied, Bartleby Gaines decided to create a fictitious university, South Harmon Institute of Technology, with his friends, to fool their parents. But when their deception works too well and every other college rejects starts to apply to his school, B. must find a way to give the education and future his students and friends deserves, including his own, while trying to win the heart of the girl next door.Written by
A lot of the movie was improvised, and a lot of the gags were pitched by the actors on the day of shooting. See more »
When Schrader is mopping, a piece of equipment behind the water and the paint bucket disappears and also a lid appears out of nowhere beside the ladder. See more »
Hey Shrad, do you know any places up near Harmon we can rent?
Oh, yeah I do, actually. I carry around a list with me at all times of abandoned buildings for fake colleges.
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The last line in the credits segment "The Filmmakers Wish To Thank" reads, "And all the Students at South Harmon Institute of Technology". See more »
Animal House meets Ferris Buehler, Risky Business and Old School
"Accepted" has more than its fair share of comic moments and characters. That's the fortunate thing about making a movie about goofy people. Unfortunately, it takes its self too seriously and continuously hits us over the head with the "Losers are OK too" message.
"Animal House" from which "Accepted" borrowed freely, was a more straightforward comedy. It strung together a series of great sketches with a lame plot line, but the plot was never the movie. Animal House will forever be the college comedy to which other similar films are compared.
Risky Business was more purposeful, Ferris Buehler tighter and Old School better acted.
So where does this leave "Accepted"? In need of re-work.
Fortunately I saw it at a screening in May and it's not supposed to come out until August, leaving the film-makers time to re-work. There's good material here and the audience laughed at the gags. Also, the premise of a made up college is interesting. I just hope that they lose the preachiness and overt plagiarism from "Animal House".
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