Dad of Divas' Reviews: DVD Review - The Best and the Brightest

Thursday, July 28, 2011

DVD Review - The Best and the Brightest

About the Movie

Following sold-out grassroots screenings and a theatrical release in June 2011, THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST, a new comedy directed by Josh Shelov and co-written by Shelov and Michael Jaeger, makes its way to VOD, digital platforms and DVD on August 16.

Featuring an all-star cast including Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Bonnie Somerville (The Ugly Truth), Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy), Christopher McDonald (Harry’s Law), Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager), John Hodgman (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), Peter Serafinowicz (Couples Retreat), Jenna Stern (Game Change) and Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker), THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST offers a refreshingly “adult” twist on contemporary parenting.

Compared by Movie City News to "A Fish Called Wanda" and "Ruthless People", THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST is a modern-day farce set in the world of New York City’s elite private schools. The Jasinskis (Harris, Somerville) are a middle-class couple from Delaware who move to New York City with their five-year-old daughter for a last chance at “the big time.” Upon arrival, they experience a big problem: they can't get their daughter into a single private kindergarten. The couple desperately turns to kindergarten consultant, Sue Lemon (Sedaris), who recommends Jeff pose as a high-profile poet to gain kudos from the VIPs (Hodgman, McDonald and Mulgrew) who are deciding between two child candidates for the last coveted slot at Coventry Day School.

An innocent ploy quickly turns into sexual blackmail and creative persuasion as the Jasinskis battle to enroll their child. The film also stars Nina Lisandrello (The Bleeding House), and Emily Tremaine (Collar).

THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST premiered at the 2010 Philadelphia International Film Festival and was shown in more than 200 movie theaters across the country in “sneak peek” screenings, prior to its theatrical premiere in June 2011 in New York and Los Angeles.

THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST is directed by Shelov and co-written by Shelov and Jaeger; produced by Robert and Patricia Weiser (High Treason Pictures), Nicholas Simon, and Declan Baldwin (Big Indie Pictures). Richard Schiffrin (Wellfleet Phantasy Productions) is the executive producer.

My Take on the Movie

When I saw this movie I was shocked as it is packed with stars, and toted as an Indie film, you do not always see this many stars in one place so needless to say I was intrigued.

In watching the film I was impressed. The movie was well written and produced and the end result is a funny adult comedy that you can share with others. I have to say that for me I found myself laughing through many parts in the film and you are continuously wondering whether the truth will finally come out and what will happen in the end.

The movie also takes the idea of a father doing anything for his child to unforeseen levels.

The movie is filled with many twists and turns and you never completely know what is going to be coming next. The film draws you in and keeps you entertained with clever quips and even some slapstick humor thrown in.

All-in-all this was a great movie that all will enjoy!

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