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The Best and the Brightest
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 the headmistress a critical lie: that Jeff is a renowned poet. Keeping this ridiculous lie… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Absurd premise and weak script doom this comedy about haute-preschool angst."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"A repellent comedy that's less fun than a parasite infection..."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"'s finally impossible to label The Best and the Brightest as anything more than a sporadically amusing misfire."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A farce that can't quite find its comic register."
‑ Michelle Orange, Movieline
"Strictly bush league, save for a few bravura performances."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"Josh Shelov's smug and smutty farce employs an estimable cast in an only sporadically funny story..."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Flies off its comic rails after an engaging start, never to land back on solid ground."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"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."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"It may dawn on you that the film really only has one, big joke up its sleeve, but like The Aristocrats it finds so many great ways to tell it that the punchline rarely matters."
‑ Erik Childress,
"Far too many sitcom shenanigans crop up like clockwork..."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"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."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"A politically incorrect farce that's increasingly preposterous and inane yet nonetheless hilarious, zany and bold. Amy Sedaris has never been funnier."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Dimly plays out like a waking daymare Alexander Payne thought up while sitting disinterestedly through last fall's disinteresting Waiting for Superman."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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