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The Best and the Brightest (2010)

R | | Comedy | 16 October 2010 (USA)
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Set in the world of New York City's elite private kindergartens, THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST centers on a fresh-faced young couple, Samantha and Jeff, who have only recently moved into town.... See full summary »

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Josh Shelov

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Patrick Harris ... Jeff
Amelia Talbot ... Beatrice
Bonnie Somerville ... Sam
Nina Hodoruk ... Upper East Side Mom
Michael Elian ... Middle Eastern Bag Dealer
Suzanne Savoy ... Chapin Headmistress
Jennie Grace Jennie Grace ... Altoids Mom
Cornelia Guest ... Spence Mom
Brea Bee ... Grace Church Mom
Jenna Stern ... Katharine Heilmann
Kelly Coffield Park ... Cindy Tanaka-Blumstein (as Kelly Coffield)
Jos Laniado ... Luis the Super
Amy Sedaris ... Sue Lemon
Maria Armesto Maria Armesto ... Consuela
Peter Serafinowicz ... Clark
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Set in the world of New York City's elite private kindergartens, THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST centers on a fresh-faced young couple, Samantha and Jeff, who have only recently moved into town. The comedy centers on their dawning realization of the lengths they must go to in order to get their five-year-old daughter into school. Written by Writers

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Good intentions. Dirty minds. See more »

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Comedy

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Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content and some nudity. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cei mai destepti See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Goofs

At the book club meeting, Henry tells Jeff that he studied poetry at Barnard. Barnard is an all-girls' school. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeff: Yo, B.
Beatrice: I'm up.
Jeff: Check it! "You are now leaving Delaware". Get ready to say goodbye to Delaware everybody. Here it comes... , Bye Delaware!
Beatrice: Bye Delaware! Bye Delaware! I'll see ya later.
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Referenced in Conan: Quoth the Hipster, 'Whatevermore.' (2011) See more »

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Written and Performed by Kenneth James Gibson (BMI)
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A must to avoid
24 June 2011 | by billyweedsSee all my reviews

This is the worst movie of 2011 so far and unlikely to be challenged. The first ten minutes are excellent, setting the stage for a lovely dramedy about a middle-class couple braving the horrors of NYC private kindergarten, with an attractive Neil Patrick Harris and Bonnie Somerville filling the bill nicely. And there's Amy Sedaris--such a winning comedian. But noooooo. Before you know it, this charming human comedy devolves into one of the unfunniest, loudest, crudest, lewdest movies imaginable. The actors are lost--Sedaris becomes monotonous, Harris a snooze, and all the rest of them unbearable. The very idea that pornographic IMs could be mistaken for poetry by sentient New Yorkers is so unbelievable that the whole premise falls apart, and it just gets worse and worse by the nanosecond. This is one of the most inept films in memory.


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