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How I Got Into College (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 19 May 1989 (USA)
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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Agyilag zokni  »

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$1,642,239 (USA)
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The marching band that chases Marlon through the college fair is the Matador Marching Band of California State University, Northridge. See more »

Goofs

In the scene showing the school where Ronny "Surehands," is being recruited, the school is supposed to be located in Detroit Michigan, only in the distance behind the school New York City's Empire State Building is directly seen. See more »

Quotes

Marlon Browne: Two men, A and B, are trapped inside my mailbox chained to 200,000 pounds of explosives.
B: This isn't funny!
A: What test is this?
Marlon Browne: If their chains are three inches thick and they have thirty seconds to escape, sawing at one inch per second, what are their chances for survival?
B: Skip it! Go to the next problem!
A: Come on, man! Get us out of here!
Marlon Browne: Who cares? I already got into college.
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References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »

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Love Like We Do
Written by Edie Brickell
Performed by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians (as Edie Brickell and New Bohemians)
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Breezy fun, cares more about character than raunch
14 August 2002 | by (Palm Desert, California) – See all my reviews

I enjoy watching How I Got Into College every once in a while, as I do Savage Steve Holland's other two films Better Off Dead and One Crazy Summer. Sure, they're all rather tame films on a PG level but Holland has such a great wit and always chooses a wonderful cast. This makes for enjoyable entertainment where you can actually care about the characters and get a few laughs in as well.

Corey Parker plays a high school senior intent on winning the affections of class president Lara Flynn Boyle, even by planning on going to what ever college she decides to attend. Sounds like a typical formula for a teen comedy, but instead of guys sneaking peeks at girls in the locker room and burnouts scoring weed, we're treated to a rather charming, breezy comedy about people instead of working a film around breasts, drugs, and the latest favorite band.

Cory Parker, Anthony Edwards With Hair, Lara Flynn Boyle, and even supporing players like Nora Dunn and Phil Hartman all do a great job with the light material and with Holland's clever wit, it all adds up to a good time. Sure brought back memories of my adventure into selecting a college.

It's really unfair to pick apart this film. It is what it is, light and fun. When there are so many raunchy flicks like Fast Times At Ridgemont high to ad nauseum, it's refreshing to see a film like How I Got Into College to just kick back, watch, and have a smile. No harm in that!


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