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Piled Higher and Deeper (2011)

Piled Higher and Deeper follows the lives of two graduate students as they learn to cope with life in grad school.





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Credited cast:
Raj Katti ... Winston
Alexandra Lockwood ... Cecilia
Zachary Abbott ... Prof. Smith
Evans Boney ... Mike Slackenerny
Crystal Dilworth ... Tajel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emily Abbot ... Mrs. Smith
Susanna Boney ... Jen Slackenerny
Tony Chu ... Prof. Chu
Kevin Hickerson ... Extra
Xiaodi Hou ... David
Nadia Iqbal ... Shy Undergrad
Sebastian Pineda ... Carlos
Morgan Putnam ... Sean 'Golden Boy'
David Sell ... Barefoot Undergrad
Miranda Stewart ... Allison


Life (or the lack thereof) in Academia. 'Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD)' is a live-action adaptation of the popular web comic strip by Jorge Cham. With humor and heart, the film follows the personal journeys of two graduate students as they struggle to find their place in the confusing (and often hilarious) world of high-stakes Academic research. Along the way, they learn that the academic journey is as much about finding truth in books and experiments as it is about finding truth in yourself. Filmed on location at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the film features real scientists and researchers (including two MacArthur 'genius' award recipients). Written by Anonymous

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Life is tough. Then you graduate.


Comedy | Drama



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Release Date:

22 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

PhD: The Movie  »

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The professor who says he has been denied tenure and will have to go to a 3rd tier institution is played by a real CalTech professor who was awarded a MacArthur "genius grant" shortly after filming his scene in the movie. See more »


Cecilia: If undergraduates are our future, we are doomed.
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Funny and sad at the same time; accurate depiction of grad school
11 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

Just saw the premier at LSU tonight. I must say this movie reaches so many PhD students' heart, as it describes the exact problems that an average PhD student is going through somehow on a daily basis. Many of the lines borrowed from phdcomics.com are blended perfectly into the movie, making it an instant classic. If this movie was made by armature students, then true kudos to all people involved! Sadly this movie will never become popular in the main stream, since the grad students community is so under- presented that they are probably the only group of people who'll understand this movie. We were supposed to be the smartest people coming out of high schools and colleges, how then did we end up here? Puzzling.

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