The film's writer, Stephen Tolkin, worked with Lori Loughlin (who was involved in the real-life college admissions bribery scandal on which the movie is based) in the 2004-05 WB drama "Summerland". Loughlin, who co-created the series with Tolkin and starred as its co-lead (opposite singer Jesse McCartney), and husband Massimo Gianulli were both charged by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office in March 2019 for using a $500,000 donation to the Key Worldwide Foundation to persuade the University of Southern California into accepting their two daughters on women's rowing scholarships, despite neither of them having had any experience in the sport. See more »
Thumbsuckers! These privileged children ALL KNEW their parents cheated, skipped the normal entry line, and paid BIG $$ for their precious babies way into elite Universities
The acting in this made for television film which is based on true criminal cases that are still before the courts when this film was released in October 2019, proves that these professional actors can't hold an Oscar to the real actors who happen to be the long list of affluent parents who disregarded all ethics and used their gluttoness wealth to push their children ahead of many hard working and more deserving students who were subsequently rejected.
The FBI eventually arrested a number of these affluent parents for mail fraud, honest services mail fraud and racketeering. Actor Michael Shanks who plays the real life school fixer named Rick Singer folded like a wet napkin when he was arrested and through a series of FBI wire tapped phone conversations implicated these filthy rich and snobbish parents who felt there was nothing wrong in the dirty manner that they scammed these Ivy League Universities to illegally push their children to the front of the line.
My only question....is this the first film in a brand new film genre classified as "(PPS) Privileged Parent Scammers" since those arrested for this horrendous crime of the filthy rich and affluent are only the tip of the iceberg. Suicides are sure to follow which is one of the negative reactions to being caught and identified forever on as a "criminal". Please don't let any of these PPS people's crimes get expunged as a one off.
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