The Best and the Brightest (2010)
Average Rating: 4.3/10
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Average Rating: 3.2/10
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Set in the world of New York City's elite private kindergartens, The Best and the Brightest centers on a fresh-faced young couple from Delaware, Jeff and Samantha, who have only recently moved into town, and the extreme lengths they must go to in order to get their five-yearold daughter into school. Every private school in the city informs Sam that she's simply too late to apply for a kindergarten spot this fall. But Sam will not be denied. The only way Sue is able to arrange it is by telling
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Absurd premise and weak script doom this comedy about haute-preschool angst.
Josh Shelov's smug and smutty farce employs an estimable cast in an only sporadically funny story...
Flies off its comic rails after an engaging start, never to land back on solid ground.
The Best and the Brightest is amusing at times but never more than a modest diversion, lacking the cleverness and imagination required to turn it into more than a one-joke movie.
...it's finally impossible to label The Best and the Brightest as anything more than a sporadically amusing misfire.
A slim pan. While there's a certain novelty of setting and a lot of its dialogue pops, the movie's chief problem is the fact that it doesn't seem to wholly embrace the arguably detestable nature of its characters.
A politically incorrect farce that's increasingly preposterous and inane yet nonetheless hilarious, zany and bold. Amy Sedaris has never been funnier.
What begins as a skewering of big-city elitism at its most absurd and nonsensical turns out to be a permanent detour down an extremely narrow tributary, as one good joke slowly gets the life squeezed out of it.
This is a positive review for a mediocre movie with outstanding performances. The Best and the Brightest doesn't describe this movie - only its cast.
Dimly plays out like a waking daymare Alexander Payne thought up while sitting disinterestedly through last fall's disinteresting Waiting for Superman.
Audience Reviews for The Best and the Brightest
- Jeff: We have a five year old daughter, and we are looking to get her in kindergarden, this fall.
- The Player: Improv it for me, all like Ginsberg style.
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