August 18th, 2006



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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.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.4/10 (43,796 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director: Steve Pink

Stars: Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Blake Lively

Bartleby (B.) Gaines is a fun loving slacker who, unfortunately, gets turned down for every college he applied for, much to the chagrin of his overly expectant parents. So, with a little cutting and pasting, he creates the South Harmon Institute of Technology, and lo and behold, he is accepted (along with his friends Rory, Hands, and Glen, whose college plans were also all but dashed). However, his parents want to see the website, the campus, and the dean. So now he has his other friend Sherman (who has been accepted to the prestigious Harmon College) build a web page, they lease out an abandoned psychiatric hospital, and they hire Sherman's uncle Ben to be the dean. Problem solved? Not quite. The web page was done so well, that hundreds of students show up at the front door, all of which were turned down by other colleges. Faced with no choice, Bartleby decides to proceed with turning South Harmon into a real college...

Writers: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage

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 Taylor - Abernathy Darwin Dunlap (as Robin Lord Taylor)
Sam Horrigan - Mike Welsh
Joe Hursley - Maurice / The Ringers
Jeremy Howard - Freaky Student
Anthony Heald - Dean Richard Van Horne

Taglines: Reject rejection


Official Website: Universal [United States] |

Release Date: 18 August 2006

Filming Locations: Chapman University - One University Drive, Orange, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,023,835 (USA) (20 August 2006) (2914 Screens)

Gross: $36,300,285 (USA) (15 October 2006)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Most of the movie was improvised, and a lot of the gags were pitched by the actors on the day of shooting.

Crew or equipment visible: When Bartleby and crew are walking into the "college" and the skateboarders come riding out, the angle changes and we see the camera men in the right of the screen.

Glen: Oh look there's my old girlfriend Sarah Pellfan... YOU BROKE MY HEART!

User Review

Original Plot with Funny Stuff

Rating: 7/10

I don't think I've yet seen a movie in my whole lifetime about a high school kid creating his own college, just to impress his parents. Nowadays, movies are either remakes or sequels, or plots that have been used in many different films. This one has an original story line and to follow it up by making it a comedy films only lightens the deal. With this well thought out story and with laughs mixed in, this is a good movie. Now I've seen better, but upon going into the theater I was thinking another drug/beer/frat party with some sexual innuendo tossed in (aka an "American Pie" flick) but I was surprised. To sum it up, I enjoyed the film and the next time your shuffling through the paper for movies, look for show times to "Accepted". If you want to laugh out loud, that is.


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