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Acceptance -- 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.
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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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  (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
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

Mark Oliver ... Principal

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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe Melody .... sound supervisor
Jeffrey Perkins .... sound 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
Gayle Anderson .... key costumer
Erica Callais .... costumer
Christopher Crouch .... costume production assistant
Georgia Fletcher .... key costumer: los angeles
Caryn Frankenfield .... costumer
Latasha Henderson .... costume production assistant
Frances LeCompte .... seamstress
Jill Stoutz .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Sam Bollinger .... assistant editor
J.D. Funari .... marketing editor
Jessica Schulte .... assistant editor
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
David P Hebert .... assistant location manager
Amanda Mason .... assistant to executive
Sandy Parker .... script supervisor
F. Stanley Pearse Jr. .... location manager
Stephen H. Porter .... production assistant
Matthew Ramsaur .... stand-in: Jonathan Keltz
Tara N. Talley-Brown .... location assistant (as Tara T. Miller)
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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2 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
mocviue, 19 November 2009
Author: breiaj-92 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

College: In or Out

"Acceptance" is a movie that is equivalent of being slapped on the wrist by your mother for not being like everyone. Forget about being different from others and being yourself. In the movie it shows how crazy students and parents can get when it comes to being accepted in different colleges. Director Sanaa Hamri, who also directed "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2", had no problem working with Susan Coll. Sanaa Hamri knows the target of her audience -tweens and up- and would rather direct chaotic romantic fantasies than dash them. The movie was based on a critically acclaimed book Acceptance: which is one of Susan's novels. Susan was born in New York, and had written two other novels," Rockville Pike", and "" Coll. has worked as a freelance writer and book reviewer, she has had articles have appeared in publications including the Washington Post, the Asian Wall Street Journal and so many more. Coll. even had some of her stories broadcasted on BBC World Service Radio. In "Acceptance" parents are no longer holding their son or daughters hands across the streets, there molding and shaping them into the " ideal student" that they believe colleges want.

" Acceptance" is a movie about a high school student who use to be an overachiever name Taylor Rockefeller. Taylor is struggling her senior year trying to cope with the stress of applying to her dream college. Taylor parents are really close to getting a divorce which has made her life three times more stressful then it was at first. And with her mother pushing her to go to the best college where she can get a great education and find a great husband so that she will never end up unhappy like herself. But when Taylor decides to go to a low- ranked school that made it on the " Top 50 best colleges" book because of a computer typo. Her and her mother get into a huge argument about her future happiness. Taylor has no problem staying the optimistic kid she has been all four years of her high school experience, but when she sees her classmates taking the ACT 20 times, and walking, dressing and talking different she has no choice but to drop them all as friends. Picking up a odd behavior by stealing the neighborhood's mail, Taylor feels below herself. But with all the campus visits, SAT scores, and school applications Taylor and her friends try to remain sane during a very competitive process of the normal college admissions that most American families have to face. Coll. did a great job in writing this book the way she felt teenagers really stress about this college life.

Taylor Rockefeller (Mae Whitman), has no relation to the other members in her family, who are known to be the " famous Rockefeller." She is determined not to turn into a robot like the rest of her friends, that she begins this really awkward habitat of stealing her neighbors. Her parents are separated and her mother ( Joan Cusack) is putting so much pressure on her to pick the best school, where she can get a great education and find a great spouse as well. Nina Rockefeller ( Joan Cusack), a St. John-clad mother, who is estranged from her husband, nurtures a drinking problem and has pushed her daughter so hard to get into the best college based on academic excellence and spousal potential, that she is slicing her wrists. Maya ( Deepti Daryanani), is Taylor's Indian friend, who's family won't accept anything less than her admittance to an Ivy School. But when Maya wants to become a poet instead of an Doctor like her mother, sister, and father that are very close to disowning her. Harry ( Jonathan Keltz), is Taylor's ex-boyfriend, he recently changed his name in the movie to AP Harry. He decided that if he took every Advanced Placement test they have to offer, then he would break a world record and Harvard would have no choice but to choose him.

After there leading roles in " Acceptance" many of the characters had a great success. I believe that Susan Coll. did a great job, seeing as this was her first movie. This Movie is great for people who are stressing about their college life, and what all they need to do. I recommend that people who don't know what to write about in their college essay about should watch this movie .

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