MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 708 this week

How I Got Into College (1989)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  19 May 1989 (USA)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 1,712 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 14 critic

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 »

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 187 titles
created 13 Nov 2012
 
a list of 285 titles
created 19 Nov 2012
 
a list of 5996 titles
created 08 Jun 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 02 Sep 2013
 
a list of 594 titles
created 1 week ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: How I Got Into College (1989)

How I Got Into College (1989) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of How I Got Into College.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.

Director: Savage Steve Holland
Stars: John Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, Kim Darby
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

The son of a dictator travels to the U.S. to attend college.

Directors: Savage Steve Holland, Kevin Speckmaier
Stars: Efren Ramirez, Katrina Bowden, Jeffrey Ballard
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

There's a new wager between Heaven and Hell. Devil bets God that if God were to pick two young people to be the new Adam and Eve, they'd sin again. God accepts and sends a college couple to various eras, starting with the Garden of Eden.

Director: Michael Anderson
Stars: Diane Franklin, Roger Wilson, Jon Gadsby
Sweet Justice (1992)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

City councilor Susan takes bribes from Reevers and allows him to deposit his garbage illegally in an old mine. But when she learns that he also dumps toxic wastes which threaten the nearby ... See full summary »

Directors: Alain Paris, Allen Plone
Stars: Finn Carter, Frank Gorshin, Marc Singer
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

"Punchcard Player" is a dramatic comedy about a 23-year-old suburbanite named Tim Perroni who tries to hold down six decent part-time jobs simultaneously to maintain a very materialistic ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Picarella
Stars: Brian Napolitan, Shawna Wesley, Al Liner
Parole Officers (TV Movie 2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Director: Adam William Ward
Stars: Adam William Ward, Ronald Quigley, Charley Rossman
Bad Medicine (1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Jeff Marx wants to study medicine and become a physician. However, his grades are far from enough to get him into an American medical school. But instead he gets a chance to study medicine ... See full summary »

Director: Harvey Miller
Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Alan Arkin, Julie Hagerty
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Frankie and Annette, having grown up and put aside their beach-partying lifestyle, visit their daughter in Southern California and discover there's still some wild times left in them.

Director: Lyndall Hobbs
Stars: Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Lori Loughlin
Short | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Devon Bright, teen idol and lead singer of the hit boy band Devon Bright and the Sensitive Boys, has always believed he knew what it takes to be a sensitive boy: wearing white Capri pants ... See full summary »

Director: Olivia DeLaurentis
Stars: Drew Cullinan, Nicholas DeLaurentis, Jeremy Elder
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Teenaged Beans Baxter's mailman father disappears one day and Beans discovers his dad was really a courier for a secret government agency. Soon Beans is drawn into espionage, becoming a ... See full summary »

Stars: Jonathan Ward, Jerry Wasserman, Karen M. Waldron
Multiplexing (2015)
Comedy

To host a big Hollywood premiere, rag-tag teens at a small town multiplex must first outwit their tyrannical new manager who's eager to replace them all with new staff.

Director: Savage Steve Holland
Summer Girl (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When seductive young Cinni comes to babysit for a troubled couple, she's after more than extra spending money. Starting with the kids and working around to the husband, evil Cinni plots to ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Michael Lewis
Stars: Barry Bostwick, Kim Darby, Martha Scott
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Christopher Rydell ...
...
Sports Announcer (voice)
...
...
...
...
...
...
Robert Ridgely ...
...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 May 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agyilag zokni  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$1,642,239 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The marching band that chases Marlon through the college fair is the Matador Marching Band of California State University, Northridge. See more »

Goofs

Jessica thinks she's blown the interview and rips open her shirt, she then runs out of the office holding her shirt closed with Marlon only a few seconds behind her. However when Marlon catches up to her, the shirt is perfectly buttoned up even though she didn't have any time to button up. See more »

Quotes

Marlon Browne: People choose colleges for all kinds of idiotic reasons, like fraternities and Slavic language departments.
See more »

Connections

References Better Off Dead... (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Name of Love
Written by Steve Dorff, Philip Allen Brown
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Oh those darn college applications!
4 April 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an amusing story that highlights that blasted college admissions process. The story follows several soon-to-be high school graduate's plans for the future. For Marlo (Parker), it's going to whatever school his dream girl Jessica (Flynn Boyle) is going to. For Oliver, it's giving into the white line fever and experiencing life Jack Kerouac style with the possibility of meeting "renegade game show hostesses" on the side. But, for most of the students in the movie, it is all about getting into college. We see the whole bit of it, taking the SATs, college recruitment day, college prep programs, and the dreaded admissions interview.

It's quite an amusing exageration of the whole process, and probably more likely so for kids actually going through the college application process. Although, the movie, at least for me, is sometimes funny and sometime not so funny, on the multiple occassions that I have seen it. I like the idea of the living SAT's with the fate of word problem person A and B resting on Marlo's selection of answers. I like the running gag about admitting a pig among the admissions officers. Despite the fact that the actors are too old to play teenagers (except Oliver and Wanda), it is a nice little movie about kids stuck in a nerve wracking situation hoping to just make it through things.


7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The mailman... mojo0481
Soundtrack? Selena0415
Whatever Happened to Corey Parker? KatrinaW
Michigan Cheerleader pedrostl
Discuss How I Got Into College (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?