—Grad School On The Big Screen “Higher education goes under the microscope in new ‘Piled Higher and Deeper’ movie” In the opening minutes of “Piled Higher and Deeper,” veteran graduate student Mike Slackenerny describes academia in a nutshell to a bright-eyed, eager new graduate student during orientation: “It’s like high school, except with much bigger egos.” Just as in the wildly popular comic strip “PHD Comics,” upon which the film is based, graduate school and the ivory tower are the subjects of satire, seen as they are through the eyes of protagonist graduate-student archetypes. There’s Cecilia (played by Alexandra Lockwood, a planetary sciences graduate student at California Institute of Technology), the eternal optimist. She’s enthusiastic about every aspect of graduate school until the realities of its drudgery and sacrifices put her dedication to the test. Social sciences graduate student Tajel (played by Caltech chemistry graduate student Crystal Dilworth) is the resident cause-adopter always prepared to offer information such as the fact that graduate students earn less than McDonald’s employees.
by Jovana Grbić |
October 03, 2011