Nursery University (2009)

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Nursery University documents the downright dramatic process that wealthy moms and dads go through to enroll their children in the top preschools. With ruthlessly picky acceptance policies and parents pulling out their hair to get their kids into a top-notch institution, hysterics quickly ensue.

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There's wicked fun in watching the wealthy sweat the small stuff, but this documentary has empathy for parents of all incomes.

May 7, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Newsday
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It's difficult to get too worked up as they fret about their Jacksons and Julianas in dining rooms big enough to land a helicopter in. Nor is the film helpful as an insider's guide.

Apr 24, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

In their zippy, informative, ultimately horrifying documentary, directors Marc H. Simon and Matthew Makar put a face on the statistics about (mostly) moneyed parents competing to get their kids one of the few treasured spots in elite Manhattan preschools.

Apr 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If you thrill to the sight of a preschool teacher bringing an investment banker to his knees, then Nursery University is for you.

Apr 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

Despite its behind-the-scenes peeks, the film would have benefited from a deeper examination of how these institutions prosper from parental paranoia run amok.

Apr 22, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
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It certainly provides thorough, balanced, often playful evidence of the perverted educational ecosystem that has sprung up to support the toppling egos of Manhattan's upper-crust parents.

Apr 22, 2009 | Full Review…

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