Whiz Kids (2010)
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Though the film seems less like a theatrical release and more like something that might play on an obscure PBS station at 2 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, it's reasonably interesting as a personality study.
An unabashed celebration of geekitude, idealism and the will to win.
Even though the science fair was something your other classmates did while you mastered Pitfall!, the sights in Whiz Kids will no doubt stir you.
Dwelling as much on setbacks and hurdles as on the glitter of competition, this quietly absorbing film is finally more about character formation -- curiosity, persistence, endurance -- than about achievement as a means to some extrinsic social end.
Harmain is one of three students that filmmaker Tom Shepherd focuses on. Their youthful enthusiasm, and impressive enterprise and intelligence are downright inspiring.
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Three young scientists compete for the most prestigious youth science prize in the country in this documentary that follows their journey from regional science fairs to the final competition. Follows in the footsteps of other such documentaries as SPELLBOUND and MAD HOT BALLROOM, and while the stakes here are much higher and the subject much deeper, it ultimately has a "been there, done that" feel to it.
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