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How I Got Into College (1989)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 19 May 1989 (USA)
Marlon has a crush on Jessica (running for high school senior class president). Jessica wants to attend Ramsey College. Marlon wants to go wherever Jessica is going. Problem: low SAT score.

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Terrel Seltzer
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Edwards ... Kip Hammett
Corey Parker ... Marlon Browne
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Jessica Kailo
Finn Carter ... Nina Sachie
Charles Rocket ... Leo Whitman
Christopher Rydell ... Oliver
Gary Owens ... Sports Announcer (voice)
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Coach Evans
Tichina Arnold ... Vera Cook
Bill Raymond ... Flutter
Philip Baker Hall ... Dean Patterson
Nicolas Coster ... Dr. Phillip Jellinak, Sr.
Micole Mercurio ... Betty Kailo
Robert Ridgely ... George Kailo
Richard Jenkins ... Bill Browne
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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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Trivia

The original director, Jan Eliasberg was fired during production and replaced by Savage Steve Holland. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Marlon Browne: The thing about Ramsey, Dad, is that they actually consider people like me.
Sharon Browne: What does that mean? They're looking for someone with a definitive collection of Silver Surfer comic books?
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References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »

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In the Name of Love
Written by Steve Dorff, Philip Allen Brown
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Oh those darn college applications!
4 April 2004 | by vertigo_14See 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.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How I Got Into College See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$651,850, 21 May 1989

Gross USA:

$1,642,239

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,642,239
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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