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Waiting for Superman (2010)

Waiting for 'Superman' (original title)
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An examination of the current state of education in America today.


Davis Guggenheim
16 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Charles Adams Charles Adams ... Self
Jonathan Alter ... Self
Robert Balfanz Robert Balfanz ... Self
Harriet Ball Harriet Ball ... Self
Steve Barr Steve Barr ... Self
Celeste Bell Celeste Bell ... Self (as Ms. Celeste Bell)
The Black & McGee Family The Black & McGee Family ... Themselves
Geoffrey Canada ... Self
James Carter III James Carter III ... Self
Todd Dickson Todd Dickson ... Self
The Esparza Family The Esparza Family ... Themselves
Mike Feinberg Mike Feinberg ... Self
Adrian M. Fenty Adrian M. Fenty ... Self (as Adrian Fenty)
Howard Fuller Howard Fuller ... Self
The Garcia Regalado Family The Garcia Regalado Family ... Themselves


Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education "statistics" have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying "drop-out factories" and "academic sinkholes," methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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The fate of our country won't be decided on a battlefield, it will be determined in a classroom.



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Rated PG for some thematic material, mild language and incidental smoking | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


There is a scene in which Bianca, one of the little girls, is reading from a book about someone taking apples and bringing them into the city to sell. The book she is reading is called "The Giving Tree" written by Shel Silverstein. See more »


Geoffrey Canada: I was like what do you mean he's not real. And she thought I was crying because it's like Santa Claus is not real and I was crying because there was no one coming with enough power to save us.
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References SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) See more »


Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now
Written by Russell Alan Wier
Performed by Patience & Prudence
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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The Vidiot Reviews...
17 February 2011 | by capone666See all my reviews

Waiting for "Superman"

To avoid waiting for Superman, simply destroy train tracks spanning a ravine minutes before a trainload of school kids are scheduled to cross it.

And while the school children in this documentary are not on a doomed locomotive, they are headed for disaster.

By following five fledgling students (Daisy, Bianca, Emily, Francisco and Anthony) as they attempt to win admittance into an innovative school headed by a new breed of educator, Geoffrey Canada, filmmaker Davis Guggenheim puts the dysfunctional American school system under the microscope, exposing its pitfalls, prejudices and apathetic faculty that does little to inspire, let alone, educate.

While it takes direct aim at the teacher's union, this sad, shocking snapshot of inner-city schools is not against instructors, but the ineptitude of an antiquated system.

In fact, if it isn't fixed soon, the only career open to these lazy, uneducated students will be that of public school teacher. (Green Light)

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Waiting for 'Superman' See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$139,033, 26 September 2010

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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1.85 : 1
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