The Best and the Brightest (2011)
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as Upper East Side Mom
as Middle Eastern Bag Dealer
as Chapin Headmistress
as Altoids Mom
as Spence Mom
as Grace Church Mom
as Katherine Heilmann
as Cindy Tanaka-Blumstein
as Luis the Super
as P.S. 184 Tour Guide
as P.S. 184 Boy
as P.S. 184 Boy
as P.S. 184 Security Guard
as Kid Harassing Security Guard
as P.S. 184 Cop
as Sue Lemon
as The Player
as Player's Wife
as George Tanaka-Blumstein
as Corrupt Nassau County Lobbyist
as Man At Podium
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Critic Reviews for The Best and the Brightest
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...
A repellent comedy that's less fun than a parasite infection...
Flies off its comic rails after an engaging start, never to land back on solid ground.
Audience Reviews for The Best and the Brightest
I love NPH, but this movie was weak. The "poems" were hilarious, as well as the character Clark, but apart from that... it was bland.
There is almost no plot to speak of, but some of the dialogue is absolutely hilarious. And, I mean, who can go wrong with Neil Patrick Harris? It's insipid, pointless and sometimes incredibly crass, but I enjoyed it anyway. There's nothing wrong with mindless comedy once in a while, and this is one of the more fun mindless comedies I've seen recently.
At this point in Neil Patrick Harris' career, he could sell just about any film. The problem with The Best and The Brightest is that it under-utilized him. The situation that Jeff and Samantha endure while attempting to get their child into school after a big move is so far-fetched that it becomes impossible to enjoy. Though I believe people can be duped, this film comes off like one of those poorly produced National Lampoon or American Pie spin-offs. However, the dead-pan performances from NPH and new-comer Peter Serafinowicz make the film much more than it is.
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