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Getting In (1994)

Gabriel Higgs has failed to get into Johns Hopkins to study medicine. He's sixth on a list of backup candidates, and must persuade the five people ahead of him to drop out. Gabriel has a ... See full summary »


Doug Liman





Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Mailer ... Gabriel Higgs
Grahame Wood ... Lab Partner
Kristy Swanson ... Kirby Watts
Daniel R. Gerson Daniel R. Gerson ... Ross
Stan Brown ... Professor
Sean Bridgers ... Dumpster Hunter (as Sean Bridges)
Len Cariou ... Dr. Lionel Higgs / Dr. Ezekial Higgs
Christine Baranski ... Mrs. Margaret 'Maggie' Higgs
Dorothy Recasner Brown ... Proctor (as Dorothy Brown)
Dave Chappelle ... Ron
Andrew McCarthy ... Rupert Grimm
George Lee George Lee ... Dr. Peters
Christina Keefe ... Rachel
Roy Lind Roy Lind ... Dean Stiller
Laura Cathey Laura Cathey ... Jubilant Student


Gabriel Higgs has failed to get into Johns Hopkins to study medicine. He's sixth on a list of backup candidates, and must persuade the five people ahead of him to drop out. Gabriel has a family tradition to live up to. Things don't go to plan. Written by Rob Hartill

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Med School - the price of admission is murder.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »






Release Date:

7 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Student Body See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


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Did You Know?


In one scene in this movie, Kristy Swanson jumps on her boyfriend directly facing him and kissing him for a brief sexual escapade while he is driving the car. This also happened with Kristy Swanson and Charlie Sheen in the movie, The Chase. Both films were released in 1994. In the Chase, Charlie is being pursued by numerous police cars and while driving to escape capture, Kristy, who has fallen in love with Charlie whom the police think he kidnapped Kristy, she jumps his bones in a scene reminiscent of the scene she performed in Getting in, See more »

Crazy Credits

Director Doug Liman recalls that Jennifer Aniston was originally cast as Kirby Watts but she was later replaced by Kristy Swanson. See more »

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It's good and then it gets better
3 March 2001 | by mistaweezSee all my reviews

I saw this movie on TV this morning. Right from the start I noticed some big names on the credits: Christine Baranski, Matthew Perry, Dave Chappelle, and Calista Flockhart. Seeing as how these people are now all fairly major stars, I figured I should keep watching. I'm glad I did. (What's interesting is that I assumed since all these well-known actors were playing minor parts, this movie must date from the mid-80's. The picture quality seemed to agree, so now that I see IMDb said 1994, I am rather surprised. But Flockhart and Perry have INCREDIBLY small parts, as you will notice.) Anyway, the movie is about Gabriel Higgs (Stephen Mailer), whose father's family has gone to Johns Hopkins medical school for generations, and now it's Gabe's turn. (If you've read Kurt Vonnegut's short-story "The Lie", about a private boy's academy, this story will sound very familiar.) Gabriel prepares to take the MCAT to get in, but a crucial error costs him on the test, and he is put on the waiting list. His good friend, Ron (Dave Chappelle) hacks the school's computer to show that he is 6th. He then tries to get all those ahead of him to drop off. One student, Kirby Watts, becomes his love interest. Another, who reminds me of Mitch, the nerdy doctor roommate of "Patch Adams", downplays not getting in, although we later see he cared more. Gabriel doesnt tell his parents about his Wait-Listed status, hoping he can bump everyone else. Soon after he begins his quest, the people on the list start getting killed, thru various means. Gabriel becomes the obvious suspect, and the ensuing finishing scenes really make the movie. I highly recommend seeing this film. ODD NOTE: I mentioned all the kinda-big-names in this movie at the top. Later this evening I caught "The Birdcage" (another great movie) on ABC, and SURPRISE! Baranski and Flockhart also play in that (although their roles are much larger!).

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