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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

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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Storyline

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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Come to grips with your own incredible limitations! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During the road trip to the Ramsey to drop off Jessica's application, Marlon states that the distance to the college is 450 miles. He then asks Jessica to do some math. All the math Jessica does incorrectly uses a distance of 350 miles. They would have never made it there on time with their planned speed of 60mph. See more »

Quotes

George Kailo: Why should I spend $10,000 for you to go to Ramsey when you can go to Michigan for five? What, is the football team five times cuter? You'll get an education that's five times better?
Jessica Kailo: I'll get a job and I've already investigated student loans.
George Kailo: There's been a big change with student loans. They want to get paid back!
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Connections

References Better Off Dead... (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

What I Like About You
Written by James Marinos (as Jimmy Marinos), Wally Palmer, Mike Skill
Performed by Michael Merwin
Courtesy opf Polygram Special Products
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Funny comedy/satire
27 August 2004 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

Corey Parker, who has a lot of screen charisma by the way, plays Marlon and he's in love with Jessica, played by Lara Flynn Boyle, when you could still see her if she stood sideways. Marlon is so in love that he's decided to go to the college of Jessica's choice, Ramsey College. Anthony Edwards is Kip, who recruits for Ramsey and admits to Marlon that he's heard of worse reasons for wanting to go to a specific college, so Marlon and his friend Oliver (played by Christopher Rydell, son of director Mark Rydell, and if he looks familiar, it may be because you remember him making the wisecrack 'I didn't know they had gas back then' to Henry Fonda in "On Golden Pond") go to Ramsey to check it out. Various other students attend, the most interesting of which is Vera, a feisty girl working at Mickey D's who has college aspirations but whose mother is wary of her daughter ending up disappointed.

Comedy is hit and miss. Sometimes brilliant, sometimes flat. Tons of cameos (Curtis Armstrong, Taylor Negron, Bob Eubanks (!) and Brian-Doyle Murray) are enjoyable. Coming in at a svelte 88 minutes, you've done a lot worse. 7/10.


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