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How I Got Into College (1989)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  19 May 1989 (USA)
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The simple story of two young Michigan high school students, Jessica, Class President, Local Smart Girl, and object of Marlon's affections attempt to get into a small Pennsylvania college. ... See full summary »

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The simple story of two young Michigan high school students, Jessica, Class President, Local Smart Girl, and object of Marlon's affections attempt to get into a small Pennsylvania college. Jessica fights off her parent's expectation of going to their alma mater of the University of Michigan, while Marlon fights his grades and SAT scores. Written by Craig D. Barker <cdbarker@umich.edu>

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Comedy | Romance

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19 May 1989 (USA)  »

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$1,642,239 (USA)
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Trivia

Although the final music credit is listed as "Hail to the Matadors" by Richard Kaufman, what the Cal State University Northridge Matador Band plays onscreeen is actually titled "CSUN Fight Song" which is based on the original 1967 school song for the former San Fernando Valley State College. The up-tempo arrangement for marching band was done by CSUN alum, Steve Tyler. See more »

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In the shot of the acceptance letters being printed, some are dated "1988" and another "1989". See more »

Quotes

George Kailo: Why should I spend $10,000 for you to go to Ramsey when you can go to Michigan for five? What, is the football team five times cuter? You'll get an education that's five times better?
Jessica Kailo: I'll get a job and I've already investigated student loans.
George Kailo: There's been a big change with student loans. They want to get paid back!
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References Better Off Dead... (1985) See more »

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Love Changes Everything
Written by Simon Climie, Rob Fisher, Dennis Morgan
Performed by Climie Fisher
Courtesy of Capitol Records Inc.
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a few good moments, but not enough
8 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are a couple of great ideas in this movie. One is its ingenious approach to math problems. The other is a scene in which Jessica, while waiting for her college interview, is forced into the realization that she is considerably less unique than she thought.

The result is a movie with pockets of hilarity broken up by long stretches of vague amusement. This is, for the most part, a cookie-cutter teen comedy that often doesn't even seem to be trying. The premise and every vagary of the plot is stupid and poorly conceived, the lead actors, except for Boyle, give broad, forgettable performances, and one imagines the movie was written in an afternoon on a gum wrapper. It does have a few good moments, but it's not really worth bothering with.


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