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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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Cast

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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It's always the nicest people who have the filthiest minds. See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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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 »

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[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 Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.5 (2009) See more »

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Elaborate Hoax Among Friends
Written and Performed by Kenneth James Gibson (BMI)
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hilarious, original comedy, amazing cast
5 April 2011 | by wiffle2010See all my reviews

I saw this movie at a sneak preview screening in New York in March and I have to say that it's one of the funniest, most original comedies I've seen in a long time. It's not just a stupid-humor movie like the Farrelly Brothers and it's not a fancy highbrow comedy that only certain people will get either.

It seems to be about a couple trying to get their daughter into kindergarten, but that's just the setup - their attempts to do so start spinning more and more out of control and it becomes this crazy, fun R-rated farce. The director was at a talkback after the screening and he said he was trying to make a movie in the style of "Tootsie" and "A Fish Called Wanda," and I think he succeeded.

Neil Patrick Harris is perfect as the straight man, and Bonnie Somerville is adorable as his wife, but it's the off-the-wall characters around them who really steal the show: Amy Sedaris as the consultant they hire, Jenna Stern as the school's headmistress, Christopher McDonald as a Bill Clinton-type, known only as "The Player," Kate Mulgrew as his wife, John Hodgman as a nerdy and hilarious school board member, and British comedian Peter Serafinowicz as NPH's character's oversexed best friend.

There are two particularly hysterical sequences in the movie that I won't spoil, but totally brought the house down at my screening - a book club scene, where all of the above characters have to read some R-rated "poetry" and discuss it like they're in class, and a fundraiser/party scene where NPH's character is put on the spot and has to try to deliver his "poetry" live.

Find a way to see this movie. You won't be sorry.


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