Sundance Review: My Old School is a Charming Documentary About a 1990s Scandal

Sundance Review: My Old School is a Charming Documentary About a 1990s Scandal
Plot summaries (and reviews) of My Old School face a difficult task: how to describe a film whose very existence is based around a big spoiler. Sundance’s program summary, for example, hits the basics—a 16-year-old Canadian named Brandon Lee enrolled in a school in Scotland, bringing with him a tale of woe and an oddly advanced knowledge-base—while also referring to “his unbelievable secret.” There’s a good chance you already have a guess as to what that secret is, or perhaps you recall this story from the mid-90s—it did draw international headlines.

Whether you know the truth going in or not, My Old School is a hugely entertaining charmer. It’s at least 20 minutes too long and loses a great deal of steam once the secret is revealed, but it has all the earmarks of a streaming hit; Netflix released 2021 Sundance entry Misha and the Wolves
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