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The Best and the Brightest

Roundup---best-1308857220109-thumbstandard New arrivals Jeff and Samantha are determined to get their 5-year-old daughter into New York City's most elite private kindergarten. But there's only one opening left, and the couple is about to find out just how cutthroat the competition is.
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Netflix Rating: 3.2
NYT Review
“The Best and the Brightest" plays like a television pilot written by sexually frustrated frat boys and puts more energy into demeaning women than into sustaining a narrative. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 26%
Critics' score: 26   Audience score: 30   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Absurd premise and weak script doom this comedy about haute-preschool angst. full review

John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

Josh Shelov's smug and smutty farce employs an estimable cast in an only sporadically funny story... full review

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

Far too many sitcom shenanigans crop up like clockwork... full review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

A repellent comedy that's less fun than a parasite infection... full review

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

Flies off its comic rails after an engaging start, never to land back on solid ground. full review

Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

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. full review

Connie Ogle, Miami Herald

The Best and the Brightest should be called The Worst and the Dumbest. full review

Rex Reed, New York Observer

[A] Manhattan-set comedy of errors that's seriously more error than comedy. full review

Aaron Hillis, Village Voice

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 Brightest is neither. full review

Andrew Barker, Variety
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 93 min
  • Available From: Nov 02, 2011
  • Queued by: 133 people
Directed By
Josh Shelov
Cast
Neil Patrick Harris, Bonnie Somerville, Amy Sedaris, Peter Serafinowicz, Christopher McDonald, Kate Mulgrew, Kelly Coffield Park, Steve Park, Jenna Stern, Bridget Regan, John Hodgman
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