How I Got Into College (1989)

how i got into college

“That’s the beauty of the Bauer/Bennedict method. You see, you don’t have to understand us… just trust us!”

The Scoop: PG 1989, directed by Savage Steve Holland and starring Anthony Edwards, Lara Flynn Boyle and Corey Parker.

Summary Capsule: Two young high school seniors apply to Ramsey College, while the college admissions board goes insane.


Kym’s rating: 1050 out of 1600

Kym’s review: This satirical look at getting into college came to mind since I am now one hour shy of graduating and I felt that I just had to share it with those that haven’t seen it.

While not the best movie ever invented, the sarcastic view on everything from the SAT, college essays, admission boards, and parents make it worth seeing at least once. Anthony Edwards is in it for all of you “ER” fans, so consider him an incintive to see the movie. This movie also concerns young love and Lara Flynn Boyle and Corey Parker are cute as the two leads who eventually fall in love. Come on. Who doesn’t want to see the underdog get the girl?

Another reason to see this movie would have to be Man A and Man B, who play the guys that everyone has had to deal with in their lives: the mythical guys in the SAT that are always leaving somewhere, at some speed which you then have to figure out time, distance, or some other variable. It’s a cute movie and a good way to waste some time.


Justin’s rating: A party movie – to watch in a loud room with friends for great quotes and 80’s flashbacks

Justin’s review: I couldn’t stop thinking this one, overwhelming thought — He has hair! Yes, Anthony Edwards (from TV’s ER) is one of the stars in this movie, portraying a “young”, “hip”, and “with it” college admissions official.

The quotes are there for slight sarcastic purposes. Two high school students, um, what’s-her-name and what’s-his-name (but his was very strange, trust me) are beginning their college quest by wisely trying to get into only one college. And of course they do — it’s not like I’m spoiling the plot for you or anything.

This movie takes the awkward transition time from high school to college and handles it gracefully, like Zucker, Zucker, and Abrams handled Airplane! and Police Squads. It’s more of a sarcastic movie than everything else, mocking the SATs (which you gotta admit, are pretty anal), overbrearing parents, first off-guard moments at a college, and the dreaded letter.

The movie is surprisingly conventional in its approach — a sappy romance, jerks for higher authority, an underdog situation so gone that 60 Hail Marys couldn’t save it (and of course, it works out), and artificially created tension points. But it’s worth it, to laugh at the farce, for the really great quotes (that mostly come from what’s-his-name), and seeing Dr. Green with HAIR!

Dr Green's lost years are being painstakingly recreated by archaeologists.
Dr Green’s lost years are being painstakingly recreated by archaeologists.


  • This movie has a pretty fair eighties soundtrack, including one of my favorite songs “Love Changes Everything” by Climie Fisher. Anyone else remember that one? Soundtrack rocks for that reason alone, if no other.
  • For the record, I, Justin, got an 1740 on my SAT (extra credit).

Groovy Dialogue

Marlon: Two men, A and B, are trapped inside my mailbox chained to 200,000 pounds of explosives.
Man B: This isn’t funny!
Man A: What test is this?
Marlon: If their chains are three inchs thick and they have thirty seconds to escape, sawing at one inch per second, what are their chances for survival?
Man A: Skip it! Go to the next problem!
Marlon: Who cares? I already got into college.

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