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Writers (WGA):
Suzette Couture (teleplay)
Susan Coll (novel)
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A comedic and sometimes poignant look at the absurdity of today's college applications process for parents and teens. Joan Cusack stars as a stressed out-mom trying to get her teen daughter Taylor Rockefeller into college. | Add synopsis »
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Producer Sharon Cicero Dies at 53
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Joan Cusack: ‘I Don’t Want to Be a Helicopter Parent’
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  (in credits order)

Mae Whitman ... Taylor Rockefeller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael C. 'Mike' Allen ... Yates Professor

John Atwood ... Mr. Kavorkian

Rachael Bean ... Admissions Officer

Angie Bolling ... Yates Admission Officer

Brigid Brannagh ... Olivia
Jasmine Burke ... Lily

M Charlotte Cheatham
Silas Cooper ... Mr. Kushner

John Crow ... Mr. Leon

Joan Cusack ... Nina

Deepti Daryanani ... Maya
Tammy Eaton ... Faculty at P.T.A. Meeting

Jude Gavi ... Faculty

Marcus Hester ... Mr. Joyce

Deborah R. Jones ... Teacher

Leland L. Jones ... Dr. Zimmer

Jonathan Keltz ... Harold 'A.P. Harry' Burton
Sara Kenley ... Lily's Friend
Rick LaCour ... Concerned Parent
S. Renee Lerner ... Parent at PTA meeting

Rob Mayes ... Justin Smelling
Lee Ann McDade ... Parent at PTA Meeting
John McIntosh ... Lou

Ajay Mehta ... Joe Kaluantharana M.D. - Plastic Surgeon

Mark Moses ... Wilson Rockefeller
Bill Murphey ... Ray

James Paul ... Airplane Customer
Jeannie Perrin ... Dog Walker / Mom Pushing Baby Stroller

Mike Pniewski ... Basil DIckerson

Robert Pralgo ... Ari
Halley Rachal ... Mr. Joyce's Class

Tiger Sheu ... Mike Lee
Adam Smolenski ... Mrs. Joyce's Class Student
Margo Swisher ... Mother
Steve Taylor ... Parent

K.T. Thangavelu ... Rita
Chris W. Tucker ... High School Student
Charles Van Eman ... George
Thomas Wallace ... Twins Father

Kiersten Warren ... Grace

Steven E. Williams ... School Supervisor
Ella Davidson ... Teacher (uncredited)
Matthew Ramsaur ... Student of Mr. Joyce's Class / High School Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Sanaa Hamri 
Writing credits
Suzette Couture (teleplay)

Susan Coll (novel)

Produced by
Sharon Cicero .... executive producer
Ronnie D. Clemmer .... executive producer
Laurence Ducceschi .... co-producer
Christopher Morgan .... line producer
Michele Samit .... executive producer
Robert M. Sertner .... executive producer
Frank von Zerneck .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alan Derian 
Richard Marvin 
Cinematography by
Frank Byers 
Anthony B. Richmond 
Film Editing by
Tod Feuerman 
Casting by
Susan Paley Abramson 
Production Design by
James A. Gelarden 
Set Decoration by
Bradford Johnson 
Costume Design by
Caroline B. Marx 
Makeup Department
Marcos Gonzales .... key hair stylist
Krystal Kershaw .... makeup artist
Courtney Lether .... key makeup artist
Rose Librizzi .... key makeup artist
Tommie Strawther .... key hair stylist
Tony Ward .... hair stylist
Production Management
Christopher Morgan .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Breton .... first assistant director
Tommy Martin .... second second assistant director (as Tom Martin)
Sherman Shelton Jr. .... key second assistant director
Art Department
Ed Burcham .... set dresser (as Eddie Burcham)
Wade Easley .... assistant property master
Stephen Finders .... property master
Mimi Gauthier .... set decoration buyer
Anthony J. Henderson .... lead sculptor
Frank Hendrick .... set dresser
Robert Larriviere .... art department coordinator
Andrew Lovell .... property assistant
Christopher Lee Moore .... props
Cory Parker .... on-set dresser
Kevin Stevenson .... computer graphics
Andrew Wert .... property master
Sound Department
Steve C. Aaron .... production sound mixer
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
Corey J. Grasso .... adr mixer
Eric Justen .... re-recording mixer
Joe Melody .... sound supervisor
Jeffrey Perkins .... re-recording mixer
Dirk Stout .... boom operator
David Torres .... foley mixer
Lisa Varetakis .... supervising sound editor
Jared Watt .... sound utility
Robert Webber .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Jason Babin .... special effects technician
Camera and Electrical Department
Jacob Bynum .... camera utility
J. Christopher Campbell .... best boy grip (as Christopher Campbell)
Bob Campi .... digital imaging technician
Mark Shane Davis .... key grip
John Gregory Edwards .... lighting technician
Robert Foster .... camera operator
Brouke Franklin .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Hilton Garrett .... dolly grip
John Gorman .... electrician
Danny Horne .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jim Mayo .... technocrane operator
Jamie Moreno .... electrician
Brent Swampy Mullins .... grip
Max Pomerleau .... gaffer
Nick Pomerleau .... best boy electrician
Gaston Richmond .... second assistant camera
David Sammons .... camera operator: "a" camera
Casting Department
Ryan Glorioso .... extras casting
Shay Griffin .... casting: Atlanta
Tommy Staub .... casting: Louisiana
Kate Warren .... extras casting coordinator
Andrei Constantinescu .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erica Callais .... costumer
Christopher Crouch .... costume production assistant
Georgia Fletcher .... key costumer: los angeles
Caryn Frankenfield .... set costumer: additional
Latasha Henderson .... costume production assistant
Frances Jacques-LeCompte .... seamstress (as Frances LeCompte)
Gayle Merendino .... key costumer (as Gayle Anderson)
Jill Stoutz .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Sam Bollinger .... assistant editor
J.D. Funari .... marketing editor
Jessica Schulte .... assistant editor
Location Management
David P Hebert .... assistant location manager
F. Stanley Pearse Jr. .... location manager
Tara N. Talley-Brown .... location assistant (as Tara T. Miller)
Music Department
Brian Bulman .... music editor
Terri Fricon .... music clearances
Scott Schirle .... music editor
Transportation Department
Skip Barbay .... transportation co-captain
Dennis W. Cook Jr. .... picture car coordinator
A. Welch Lambeth .... transportation coordinator (as Welch Lambeth)
Stanley Storc .... transportation captain
Steven Willhoite .... production van driver
Doug Wilson .... driver (as Robert D. Wilson)
Christy Zeller .... transportation office coordinator
Other crew
Danny 'Dano' Anderson .... set production assistant
Barbara Babb .... production assistant
Roy Bogy .... assistant production coordinator
Victoria Carnall .... payroll accountant
Richard E. Carter II .... additional production assistant
Christopher Crouch .... production office assistant
Amanda Mason .... assistant to executive
Sandy Parker .... script supervisor
Stephen H. Porter .... production assistant
Matthew Ramsaur .... stand-in: Jonathan Keltz
Michelle Tonjes .... stand-in (as Michelle Lott)
Tim Turner .... production accountant
Greg Washington .... production assistant
Daryl Wilsford .... second assistant accountant
Debra Woods Kaufmann .... production coordinator
Anthony Yuse .... set production assistant
Lori Knighton .... stand-in (uncredited)
Nancy Mouton .... assistant to executive producers Robert M. Sertner and Frank von Zerneck (uncredited )

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3 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Acceptance-Basically Television Rejectance *1/2, 23 August 2009
Author: edwagreen from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

A step above a bad film is 2009's "Acceptance."

We know what students and parents go through in the latter's senior year in high school as they wait for those fateful letters of acceptance or rejection. This film is a comedy about that situation but then turns somewhat serious.

We have a group of high school California students who really compete to get into the Ivy League schools.

When one such student knows that she can't make the grade, she applies to a fictitious Yates College that has been accidentally rated as one of the 50 top colleges in the U.S. Other students of her group also apply to Yates. Another is so intent on getting into Harvard that he doesn't bother to apply to any other college. Is this really a bright student?

While it is certainly true that going to the greatest school doesn't automatically mean that you shall succeed in life, the film trivializes this and instead becomes one of neurotic and of much inane anxiety.

Joan Cusack's performance as a competitive-driven parent is ridiculous at best. She certainly has more problems going for her. Why she made this film is her biggest problem!

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