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Welcome back to Fsr’s weekly look at new DVD releases hitting shelves both real and virtual! It’s a relatively slow release week with nothing worth buying, but there’s still a minor theme involving three historically solid directors whose latest work shows them to be in major slumps. Luc Besson, John Carpenter and Robert Redford, I’m looking at you. Other releases this week aside from The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, The Ward, and The Conspirator include Cary Fukunaga’s pretty but bland Jane Eyre, the hilarious clergy molestation comedy Priest, and the latest season of Showtime’s Dexter series. As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. The Bang Bang Club Four photographers in South Africa become fast friends as they cover the bloodshed and warfare accompanying the end of apartheid. The film, based on a memoir by two of them, highlights »
- Rob Hunter
Title: The Best and the Brightest Director: Josh Shelov Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Bonnie Somerville, Amy Sedaris, Jenna Stern, Peter Serafinowicz, Christopher McDonald, Kate Mulgrew, Bridget Regan, John Hodgman, Stephen Park, Kelly Coffield Park Most big screen comedies — even a lot of independently mounted affairs — trade in the familiar, at least on a narrative level, operating under the assumption that audiences want to see witty banter and outlandish comeuppance visited upon recognizable scenarios that are easily transposed to a viewer’s own life, whether that’s workplace misery or the fickle nature of love. It’s unusual, then, to see something like The Best and the Brightest, a movie which eschews a more »
The Best and the Brightest, a 2010 comedy film starring Neil Patrick Harris (TV’s How I Met Your Mother) and Bonnie Somerville (The Ugly Truth) about the extraordinary lengths a couple must go to in order to get their daughter into a New York City private kindergarten, is coming to DVD on Aug. 16 from New Video for a list price of $19.97.
The “extraordinary lengths” develop after an eccentric consultant (Amy Sedaris, TV’s Strangers with Candy), wangles an interview for Jeff (Harris) and Samantha’s (Somerville) daughter via lying to the school board by claiming that Jeff is a renowned poet, when he’s actually a humble computer programmer. To keep his daughter’s chances alive, Jeff is forced to play the role of a raunchy “sexting” poet for the school’s senior administration.
Today we have the trailer for "The Best and the Brightest" comedy, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Bonnie Somerville and Amy Sedaris. Check it out below. Plot: Set in the world of New York City's elite private kindergartens, the film centers on a young couple (Harris, Somerville) who have only recently moved into town and realizes the lengths they must go to in order to get their 5-year-old daughter into school. The new movie is directed by Josh Shelov and has yet to be picked up for distribution. Trailer: If you cannot see the player, click here. »
HollywoodNews.com: Neil Patrick Harris may be best known for his television roles on ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and ‘Doogie Howser M.D.’ but he’s also made plenty of movies from ‘Clara’s Heart’ opposite Whoopi Goldberg to his hilarious turns in the ‘Harold and Kumar’ flicks. He also got terrific reviews for the otherwise panned ‘Beastly’ earlier this year.
But this summer, Nph will have his biggest film role in years as a lead in the comedy ‘The Best and the Brightest.’
He plays a dad looking to get his daughter into a prestigious kindergarten in New York City. In order to impress school admissions officials, he pretends he’s a poet and ends up becoming the toast of the town.
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- Greg Hernandez
It looks like Neil Patrick Harris is having a very busy year movie-wise what with the ghastly Beastly and the upcoming Smurf movie. Turns out he's got another movie coming out this summer called The Best and The Brightest about a married New York couple faced with the trauma of getting their kid into the right ... kindergarten.
It's a New York thing.
In an attempt to impress the "right" people, Jeff (Harris) pretends to be a poet which leads to a series of, well, watch the clip and see for yourself!
- Michael Jensen
Think kindergarten is just a place where little people learn when paste-eating is appropriate? Think again. To a certain subset of neurotic New York City parents, getting your kid into the right kindergarten is of paramount importance — because it’s the first step toward eventually winning admission to Harvard. Though the absurdity of Manhattan’s cutthroat admissions process has been covered before in both novels and a documentary, it hasn’t taken center stage in a major movie … until now.
- Hillary Busis
7 items from 2011
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