Getting In

Getting In, also known as Student Body,[1][2] is a 1994 American black comedy film directed by Doug Liman starring Andrew McCarthy and Stephen Mailer.

Getting In
VHS cover
Directed byDoug Liman
Produced byVictor Simpkins
Nelle Nugent
Adam Lindermann
Written byP.J. Posen
Joel Posen
Jonathan Lewin
StarringStephen Mailer
Andrew McCarthy
Music byAlex Wurman
CinematographyDavid Claessen
Edited byStephen Mirrione
Distributed byTrimark Home Video
Release date
  • December 7, 1994 (1994-12-07)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States


When Rupert Grim learns that there are several students ahead of him in line to be admitted to medical school he devises a plan for them each to meet with a series of unfortunate '"accidents". Gabriel Higgs also is in need to get into the school, considering that every generation ahead of him has been a doctor. He attempts to bribe both Amanda Morel and Randall Burns, but they refuse to be bribed. Instead, both are both arrogant and belittle Gabriel. If it wasn't for the hacking skills of his friend Ron, Gabriel wouldn't have made the list at all. Gabriel then attempts to think of away to bribe Kirby Watts, but he falls in love with her instead, though he's rebuffed there as well.

First, Randall Burns meets a grisly end when he attempts to use a shower after getting chemicals on his clothing. Instead, the shower releases a different liquid that engulfs Randall in flames and he burns to death. Amanda Morel meets her demise after eating a morel fungus to which she's allergic. Both Amanda and Randall have met demises similar to their surnames. By now, Gabriel has become the main suspect, though he manages to convince Kirby he's the killer. Soon, Rupert Grim is able to lure Kirby into a situation that puts her life in danger. Grim announces his grand scheme to murder everyone in front of him on the list and frame Gabriel. Rupert has become a "grim reaper" of sorts. Gabriel is able to save the day and defeat Rupert and save Kirby. With both Burns and Morel dead, Gabriel is able to follow his new girlfriend Kirby into Johns Hopkins.



Dragan Antulov, who gave Getting In a 2/10 rating, called the film a "series of predictable clichéd situations and jokes that would hardly make anyone laugh. [...] The only memorable performance is given by Andrew McCarthy who obviously has a lot of fun playing psychopath."[3]


  1. ^ "Getting-In - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  2. ^ McCluskey, Audrey Thomas (February 2007). "Alphabetical Listing of Films". Frame by Frame III: Filmography of the African Diasporan Image, 1994-2004. Indiana University Press. p. 296. ISBN 9780253348296. OL 10228831M. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  3. ^ Antulov, Dragan (19 September 2002). "Review for Getting In (1994)". IMDb. Retrieved 24 October 2014.

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