After back-to-back hits “Better Off Dead” and “One Crazy Summer”, Steve Holland was offered his own TV series on the Fox network. Holland created the show “The New Adventures of Beans Baxter” about a teenage spy. The show was kind of like Cody Banks and Holland had full control. He directed, wrote and was showrunner on the show for its entire 17 episode run.
After the show fizzled, Fox brought Holland onto their college comedy “How I Got into College” after they fired the original director.
Holland knew the material but this would be the first project where he hadn’t written his own stuff and didn’t have complete control.
The movie bombed at the box office but found a second life on home video. Holland returned to TV and has never been heard of since.
“How I Got Into College” was the last Savage Steve Holland theatrical comedy trilogy. It is much more restrained than his previous efforts.
The movie features a lovesick teenager who follows his high school crush to college. Thinking more about his love for the girl than his future.
Holland also couldn’t rely on John Cusack’s charisma.
Corey Parker, the star of the movie, comes off as a second-rate John Cusack, mixed with Jonathan Silverman.
Holland did get lucky with his leading lady Lara Flynn Boyle in one of her earliest films. Boyle’s character is probably the strongest female lead in the trilogy.
The film also reunites Holland with Diane Franklin from Better Off Dead. Plus Taylor Negron and Curtis Armstrong, also both appear, becoming the only actors to appear in all three Holland films.
The movie is also littered with great character actors like Phillip Baker Hall, Brian Doyle-Murray, Richard Jenkins, Phil Hartman and Nora Dunn.
The laugh out loud moments in this movie come from the story question re-enactments. They reminded me a lot of Holland’s cartoon segue-ways in his previous movies.
3 out of 5
So Says the Soothsayer