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.


Steve Pink


Adam Cooper (screenplay), Bill Collage (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Justin Long ... Bartleby Gaines
Jonah Hill ... Sherman Schrader
Adam Herschman ... Glen
Columbus Short ... Daryl 'Hands' Holloway
Maria Thayer ... Rory Thayer
Lewis Black ... Ben Lewis
Blake Lively ... Monica Moreland
Mark Derwin ... Jack Gaines
Ann Cusack ... Diane Gaines
Hannah Marks ... Lizzie Gaines
Robin Lord Taylor ... Abernathy Darwin Dunlap
Sam Horrigan ... Mike Welsh
Joe Hursley ... Maurice / The Ringers
Jeremy Howard ... Freaky Student
Anthony Heald ... Dean Richard Van Horne


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 Ron

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When every college turned them down. . . they made one up. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sexual material and drug content | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


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 »


Uncle Ben: I'm going off the grid. No more Franchises, no more botox, no more "Hey, oh, lets clone another goat," and certainly no more sexual harassment lawsuits, what's wrong with saying "Hey, nice tits." When did that go out the window?
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Crazy Credits

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 »


References The Amityville Horror (1979) See more »


I'm Better
Written by Scott Thomas
Performed by Scott Thomas
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Rejection- shove it up your A-S-S !!!
11 November 2011 | by sachinsethi-mib2011See all my reviews

This movie deserved a better class of reviews and definitely a higher rating than it actually has. In my opinion, Accepted is based on one of the most relevant topic of our generation wherein the agony and feelings of all those students who due to one reason or another are unable to get accepted to a good enough college after completion of their high school. The central character played by Justin long who when unable to get accepted to any College starts an Unaccredited college along with a few of his friends so as to fulfill the expectations and dreams of his family.

During the course of this, the whole lot of students like him which too were not accepted to any of the college come to this institute to pursue higher studies. This movie provides proper insight to our education system and its inability to carve innovation and fuel imagination in young fresh minds which wants only "possibilities" in life and a belief that they also can contribute to the development of world and change the face of time on their watch.

The character played by the dean of South Harmon Institute of Technology was quite interesting and intriguing as its views presented about the existing system and world around may not please many but unfortunately are true.

Also, the character of Sherman Schrader is also relevant in the current time as the person who is somewhat different may be in appearance or attitude is always met with hatred of others and becomes a misfit in the society of commons.

Lastly, Justin long proved that he too can put by the act together and give a performance which can demonstrate its worth as an actor. He stuck the chord with connecting beautifully with the character of protagonist "Bartelbey Gaines". His speech at the end of the movie encapsulates the essence of the movie and packs a Knock -out punch in front of the panel before whom they had a hearing for accreditation.

The line "do not Judge us by the way we look" is my personal favorite. Hence, I would rate it as 8/10.

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Release Date:

18 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,023,835, 20 August 2006

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