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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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Agyilag zokni  »

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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 »

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 Better Off Dead... (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Cliche 80s movie, but a decent satire
10 August 2004 | by (Bloomfield, NJ) – See all my reviews

I happened to catch this movie recently, after not having seen it since 1990, when I was trying to get into college.

I certainly would never have called this movie "fresh" either then or now. As others have pointed-out, this movie can lag at times, and the general feel of the movie does little to distinguish itself from other 80s "teen" movies. In other words, I feel that the overall story is overshadowed by the satiric and humorous elements of the movie, which really is quite original and does make it worth watching.

If you've been through the process and pressure as a teenager of the college application process, you'll likely find this movie entertaining enough to watch during some free time. I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to rent it, unless you happen to be trying to get into college or know someone who is.

5/10


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