• Publication date: September 1, 2011

2 Guys in a Class of Their Own - Literally Accepted: Who Said School Has to Be Boring?

Bartleby Gaines (Justin Long) has hustled through life. His scams, like creating fake IDs, helped line his pockets with cash even without good grades. Academics were never a priority for the teenager, at least not until his high school graduation.

Bartleby Gaines (Justin Long) has hustled through life. His scams, like creating fake IDs, helped line his pockets with cash even without good grades. Academics were never a priority for the teenager, at least not until his high school graduation. Gaines' parents insist that he enrolls in college, reiterating that an education is the key to success. While the teenager loathes the idea of attending a university, he still wants to please mom and dad, and so he begins applying to schools right and left.

Yet for each application there is an inevitable rejection. The kid who could con his way into anything has hit an unexpected roadblock. Still Bartleby is desperate to impress his parents, and so he concocts an unbelievable scheme to create a fictional university with guaranteed admittance. Founding the South Harmon Institute of Technology (take note of the acronym the name spells out) was just a matter of creating an acceptance letter, complete with an official school logo and letterhead.

The underachiever's parents were elated that a college finally accepted their son. Mom and dad still wanted to know more about South Harmon though, and an Internet search returned zero results. No sweat. Gaines contracts his nerdy best friend, Sherman (Jonah Hill) to create an impressive and convincing website for the make-believe school. When his parents want to visit South Harmon's campus, however, Bartleby's plan seems like it will derail.

Or maybe not. The two buds discover an abandoned, rundown mental hospital up for lease and begin renovating it. South Harmon also adds three more similarly pathetic students to its roster: Yale reject Rory (Maria Thayer), Hands (Columbus Short) a former jock, and Glen (Adam Herschman) an all around bonehead.

On opening day the school is a success � too big of a success. Hundreds of people stumbled upon the South Harmon website, submitted registrations, and are now ready with their cash in hand. What began as a hoax between friends is now a legitimate school, and after collecting more than a $1 million in tuition, Bartleby is obligated to provide some sort of education � regardless of how futile it may be.

Sherman's uncle, Ben Lewis (comedian Lewis Black) becomes the college's dean. Slowly a curriculum is built around self-learning that, despite its outwardly juvenile appearance, begins to rival nearby Harmon university. When Harmon students begin flocking to South Harmon, the distinguished university's dean, Richard Van Horne (Anthony Heald) is determined to shut it down. The future of Gaines' school is in doubt, but don't expect him to throw in the towel just yet.

Accepted's soundtrack features a wide range of artists and genres including 80s group Simple Minds (in a nod to The Breakfast Club), Ryan Adams, Weezer, and many more. Filmed under the constraints of a $23 million budget, the picture garnered $38 million worldwide. It earned two Teen Choice Award nominations.

Year: 2006

Duration: 90 minutes

Genre: Comedy

Starring:

Justin Long

Jonah Hill

Blake Lively

Anthony Heald

Lewis Black

Director: Steve Pink

Rating: Rated PG-13 for explicit language, sexual material, and drug content.