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The Best and the Brightest

HD   R Closed Captioning

Josh Shelov

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About the Movie

THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST follows a fresh-faced couple, Jeff (Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother) and Samantha (Bonnie Somerville, The Ugly Truth), and the lengths they must go to in order to get their daughter into a New York City private kindergarten. An oddball consultant, Sue Lemon (Amy Sedaris, Strangers with Candy), gets them an interview, but itís based on a lie: that Jeff is a renowned poet, instead of the humdrum computer programmer he is in real life. Keeping this ridiculous lie aloft proves more and more difficult, as Jeff is forced to play the role of a raunchy ìsextingî poet for the entire school board. Featuring an all-star cast including Christopher McDonald (Harryís Law), Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager), Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker), John Hodgman (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Peter Serafinowicz (Couples Retreat), THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST offers a refreshingly ìadultî twist on contemporary parenting.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 19
  • Fresh: 5
  • Rotten: 14
  • Average Rating: 4.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A repellent comedy that's less fun than a parasite infection... – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jun 23, 2011

Rotten: 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. – Andrew Barker, Variety, Jun 20, 2011

Rotten: Flies off its comic rails after an engaging start, never to land back on solid ground. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Jun 23, 2011

Rotten: Absurd premise and weak script doom this comedy about haute-preschool angst. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Jun 24, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Genius !!

Peter Serafinowicz is simple genius!! Love the movie!! Love the acting!!! Enjoyed it!!

The Best and The Biased

Reviews shlamooze... this is a funny, fluffy and well-paced bit of comedy despite the critics.

It's not brain surgery, just good, classic humor that might have been tweaked to high comic art form had some of the acting been less tv-schmaltzy and more understated. However Neil Patrick Harris, who is an otherwise fine actor, actually needs OVERstatement in this one. He's a bit one-note and devoid of oomf and angst at times. The director should have focused on this more... Still and all, there are genuinely laugh-out-loud moments and the concept of the film is worth the price of admission - even if you're just a kid from Delaware.

Engaging and worth at least 1:33 minutes if not the other 2.

NPH is awesome

Awesome movie!

The Best and the Brightest
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2011

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