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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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19 May 1989 (USA)  »

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$1,642,239 (USA)
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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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Leo's hair is already wet when the elephant sprays him with water. It was dry in the preceding shot. See more »

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Arcadia Bible Academy Recruiter: [inside a booth at a college recruiting fair] Welcome to the Arcadia Bible Academy! Last night, Jesus Christ came down to me on a vision in a flaming pie! He said, I want... what's your name?
Marlon Browne: Marlon.
Arcadia Bible Academy Recruiter: Marlon! I want Marlon to attend the Arcadia Bible Academy. Paying full tuition, of course. Son... Jesus *loves* you.
Marlon Browne: He might not if he saw my SAT scores.
Arcadia Bible Academy Recruiter: They're low?
Marlon Browne: Yeah.
Arcadia Bible Academy Recruiter: All right.
[he pats Marlon on the shoulder, Marlon leaves the booth]
Arcadia Bible Academy Recruiter: Jesus!
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Tobacco Road
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It's quite a decision.
15 January 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Director / writer Savage Steve Holland had churned out some influential 80s teen classics such as the John Cusack starring "Better off Dead" and "One Crazy Sumer". Getting into college or simply choosing what to do after high school is the stepping stone in to the big world. It's a life decision that points you in the direction. Stress… confusion… indecision. Holland beautifully captures this in his third entry (which I never even heard of until now) of this type of teen fodder; "How I got Into College". It might not hold up to his previous efforts, however it's an enjoyably breezy and light-headed finding your feet fable namely sold by its welcomely fresh and sound performances by leads Corey Parker, (a delightfully freckle-faced) Lara Flynn Boyle and Anthony Edwards. Also the support; Finn Carter, Bill Raymond, Philip Baker Hall, Charles Rocket, Tichina Arnold and Christopher Rydell are notably good too.

We follow that of Marlon who has his eyes set on the highly respected, top of the class Jessica, but he has never been game enough to confront her. However he sees college the chance to do so. He decides to aim for the same campus she's applying too, but it's not going to be any easy walk through the park.

Maybe I didn't find the characters and interactions as memorable and comical as in Holland's earlier films, but there's no doubts that hanging off it is an amusingly witty and creatively inspired script that seems to have that oddball sense despite probably keeping it a tad more in check and favouring the romance sub-plot. It's quite forward and slight but never lets the stereotypical inclusions take over; in doing so it gave it a more random air and warm feeling within its grounded framework. Also there are some amusingly bright cameo roles by Phil Hartman, Nora Dunn, Diane Franklin, Taylor Negron, (playboy model) Rebecca Ferratti and Curtis Armstrong.


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