The Best and the Brightest

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Released 2010

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Director:
Josh Shelov
Released:
2010
Rating:
R
THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST follows a fresh-faced couple, Jeff (Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother) and Samantha (Bonnie Somerville, The Ugly Truth), and the lengths they must go to in order to get their daughter into a New York City private kindergarten. An oddball consultant, Sue Lemon (Amy Sedaris, Strangers with Candy), gets them an interview, but it's based on a lie: that Jeff is a renowned poet, instead of the humdrum computer programmer he is in real life. Keeping this ridiculous lie aloft proves more and more difficult, as Jeff is forced to play the role of a raunchy "sexting" poet for the entire school board. Featuring an all-star cast including Christopher McDonald (Harry's Law), Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager), Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker), John Hodgman (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Peter Serafinowicz (Couples Retreat), THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST offers a refreshingly "adult" twist on contemporary parenting.

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  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Gary Goldstein

    Unfortunately, writer-director Josh Shelov's sendup of the Manhattan private school culture flies off its comic rails after an engaging start, never to land back on solid ground.

  • 30

    Variety

    Offering a fitfully funny sitcom plot clumsily stretched to 90 minutes, then goosed with increasingly tiresome doses of smuttiness and political incorrectness, The Best and the Bri...

  • 0

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    If you are going to be this mean-spirited, you had better deliver the jokes, but the film's attacks on pretentious parents - not to mention put-downs of hardworking immigrants - co...

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