Anyone who considers himself a fan of comedy movies probably has a lot of space in his heart for 80s movies. Overall, they have a light, distinguishable charm that we just don’t see anymore. They are perhaps our greatest cinematic resource when a joyous getaway or old comfort is needed. The ’80s gifted us with a long and diverse list of funny movies and great comedies, some of them fraudulent, some of them passable, and some of them so fantastically influential that they changed the course of funny creation. Let’s not tiptoe through the near-fact: the 1980s brought us comedy classics.
Beneath the classics is a goldmine of minor classics, cult hits, and dark capers that hardly have an audience but should. We are examining some of those films, individually and in depth, in a series called Sleeping comedies of the 1980s.
How Does This Get You ?: A clever late 80s teen comedy that has a John Hughes flair and Tim Burton-like inventiveness, with some visual jokes and some nonsense thrown in. If you are above nonchalance, you may have had a good time with How i got to college, the first film of this Sleeping 80s comedies Serie.
How i got to college is a wacky and charming little number from director Savage Steve Holland (Better dead, A crazy summer) that follows several Michigan high school students through their college application process, intertwined with the increasingly tumultuous disagreement between an admissions team at a small Pennsylvania college to which several of our characters are applying. main.
Marlon (Corey Parker) is not a great student or popular personality, nor is he involved in anything that could make a college application desirable. The love of his life, Jessica (Lara Flynn Boyle,) is a bright and driven cheerleader who has her sights set on Ramsey College, a small (fictional) school in Pennsylvania that is strong academically. Despite having had few interactions with Jessica, shy idiot Marlon is determined to follow her to Ramsey.
Kip (Anthony Edwards) and his girlfriend Nina (Finn Carter) work on admissions for Ramsey and believe in giving opportunities and scholarships to less notable or well-off high school students who demonstrate potential. This works in Marlon’s favor as not only is he fighting to get accepted into Ramsey, but he is also working to convince Jessica to go ahead with the application after having a disastrous interview during a campus visit in addition to a growing feeling of inadequacy. Meanwhile, Kip and Nina are grappling with preventing the entire Ramsey admissions process from being taken over by an idiotic character named Leo (Charles Rocket) who would rather only admit kids from wealthy families to the Ivy league standard.
As the beginnings of a summary show, there is a lot going on in How i got to college. It is not an easy journey following a teenager or a specific group of children. Although the focus is on Marlon and Jessica; their anxieties, family relationships, and developing connection, we see various students and their different paths to college acceptance.
Ronny Rawlson (Duane Davis) is a prominent high school footballer in Detroit, who is being bombarded with promises of free luxury homes, stock portfolios and retirement plans for his father from the top sports schools in the country. His gold-digging girlfriend Theresa (Vernetta R. Jenkins) and her opportunistic father are pushing Ronny where the most luxuries are on offer. Ramsey’s soccer program, spearheaded by an ever-likable Brian Doyle Murray as Coach Evans, doesn’t have a spectacular story, but the coach sends Nina to Detroit to try and recruit Ronny anyway.
Nina is up front with Ronny, her father, and his girlfriend about Ramsey’s lackluster soccer program and inability to shower him with gifts, but suggests that Ronny consider Ramsey if he wants to be challenged academically. After saying goodbye to herself, Nina is surprised by another student, whose focus on her studies and fiery personality show promise. Nina meets Vera (Tichina Arnold) who is neither a privileged nor a fantastic student, although she works long hours at McDonald’s after school to support her mother and expresses a desire to genuinely grow and find her way. Vera and her family develop a sweet relationship with Nina, who fights with all her might alongside Kip to keep her voice on who has opportunities granted by Ramsey; So, give our great cast of main characters a chance to move on.
These minor character stories, though contrived and hesitant, add an additional heart to the warmth Marlon and Jessica already emit as they mature and take risks individually and as a gradually forming couple. I may be an idiot, but it is a pleasure to see an eager and inconspicuous geek like Marlon find a bit of arrogance, fight for a love out of his league, and discover the usefulness of his creative gifts. Call me a bloody corn ball, but it also brightens my spirit as Jessica overcomes her identifiable and strangely well-represented fear of being average. And hey, I might be a goddamn fag, but a team like Kip and Nina, who want a welcoming college for all walks of life and not another Ivy League boys club, warms up my underpants.
How i got to college she has heart, forced as it may be in moments, and that slightly poignant charm is enough to make a movie viewable. Fortunately, the heart here is not even half the entertainment value. How i got to college is a cleverly fun little force that is more modern and savage than you might expect. On the surface, it may seem like another cheesy high school comedy in the vein of John Hughes, which might explain why it originally and forever went unnoticed. However, just as the plot is surprisingly layered, the film’s comedy arsenal runs deeper than most ’80s teen movies.
How i got to collegeIn classic Savage Steve Holland style, he carefully but erratically deviates between sincere and straight, and out of the ordinary absurdity. Moments of genuine sincerity are followed by strange snippets that elicit laughter or serve the good purpose of being weird. Savage Steve is crafty in the way he illustrates persistent teenage paranoias.
Marlon’s anxiety manifests itself in the visualization of life as a standardized test, where the “A” and “B” answers are personified as two little geeks repeatedly arguing and injuring each other in clowning disasters. As I transcribe the part, it sounds unconvincing, but some of the “A and B” jokes elicit unexpected laughter.
In a remarkably orderly scene that radiates Tim Burton’s imagination, Jessica’s preoccupation before a meeting with Ramsey’s dean turns her into a nightmare vision of a waiting room filled with resemblances: everyday midwestern girls with skirts and Reebok; hair styled in the same way as Jessica’s. She looks around in overwhelming fear of not being anyone special, while attention shifts to several hilariously accomplished and sought-after students waiting along with the basics kit. Savage Steve evokes an out-of-body stranger that may not have directly influenced later comedies, although later comedies incorporate a similar brand of weirdness.
As with any ’80s comedy movie, this one has its mistakes and groans, but they’re generally bold jokes that show someone was at least aiming for something crazier than normal. He’s not making any “funniest movies” list. However, it’s a refreshing quirk of sorts that is an integral part of the Savage Steve Holland movies (and I do my best to avoid the use of “quirky”). If silly deviations from the standard teen rate don’t excite you, How i got to college features hilarious appearances from the likes of Richard Jenkins, Bill Raymond, Taylor Negron, and others, plus a goofy cameo from Phil Hartman as an overly dedicated SAT coach.
Those who have a general love for 80s comedies are sure to like it. How i got to college, and fans of the ’80s teen comedy specifically might find a new love at first sight. Even mere comedy people who prefer more unconventional things will be amazed at the wit and imagination on display. How i got to college It’s more than the 80s high school comedy it seems to be at a glance. It has its cheesy cliches and feigned heart moments, but the quirky comedic instincts through which Savage Steve Holland brings this comedy to life more than make up for the sap worthy of a groan. The script is original. Actors go from “there” to having fun. Savage Steve brings intelligence to a rather stale genre that I think both fans of the genre like and those who just want a fun comedy. There is not much about How i got to college to sprout, but there’s a lot to like, and 80s Comedy Heads would leave fate unfulfilled if they continued unseen. Check out this 1989 sleeper on Prime or elsewhere!
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