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By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dumb comedy about college students partying.

Movie PG-13 2006 90 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

Young Teen Animal House

Take it for what it is worth. It is extremely stupid and unrealistic but funny and good for young teens who need something more but not too much. Things people noted after seeing were much more minimal. It has swearing and adult content that was more than our kid needed to hear, but not horrible with even some of it still over our son’s head at 14. There was no nudity and no sex which is the key items at that age. It was entertaining and had a good story of not giving up and fighting for what’s good and right. So, it’s a ridiculous movie, but worth the watch for the low-mid teen range and the parents may laugh a little too. It’s properly rated at PG-13
1 person found this helpful.
age 14+

Mostly Brainless Comedy but Insightful Theme Hidden Within

The whole bogus college was an amusing idea, but obviously he should have just come clean to his parents. A lot was just wild partying and dumb people but the overarching message was a good one. Not the lying part, but the part about how learning shouldn't be all about grades and tests, but personal growth and development. The criticism that many colleges don't foster that sense of intrinsic passion of learning is legitimate. I would talk about that theme in raising questions such as "How can colleges better foster that sense of personal growth in learning?" and "What would you find to be important qualities and values in a good college?" I will note, however, that there is strong swearing at times, but not derogatory toward anyone usually. Part of the cause is the acronym for the college :) I also like how the main character takes charge. I feel he is intelligent on the inside and he really gets to shine in the leadership role of inspiring all of the students.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
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Is It Any Good?

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Bogged down by lazy writing and shoddy filmmaking, ACCEPTED is a raucous but pointless endeavor. Borrowing from every other college-located comedy, Steve Pink's movie is also low on originality, even though it appears to celebrate "creativity" in its low-achieving heroes.

That the rebellion has no shape seems not to matter to anyone. The "students" prefer to contemplate punk rock and take long walks. While such activities are not negative in and of themselves, the film makes the kids look unnecessarily unintelligent, a crowd of socially inept misfits who make Bartleby seem sharp by comparison. This strategy is underlined by the fact that Bartleby's the one who gets a girlfriend. Of course, the film needs a happy ending, so Monica is only briefly pouty when she finds out he's been lying.

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