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The Best and the Brightest (2011)

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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 from Delaware, Jeff and Samantha, who have only recently moved into town. The comedy centers on the extreme lengths they must go to in order to get their five-yearold daughter into school. When the obstacles in this high-stakes world become apparent, Jeff tells Sam that he'd rather just throw in the towel and move back home. But Sam harbors a strong ambitious streak. Deep down she yearns for something more than her small-town provincial life. She wants to take one last shot at her dream of a life among the best and brightest. Like Dustin Hoffman’s character in TOOTSIE, Sam’s stubborn determination is the engine of the movie.


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: June 2nd, 2011 (Special Engagement)
June 24th, 2011 (Limited)
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, sexual content and some nudity.
(Rating bulletin 2175, 6/8/2011)
Running Time: 93 minutes
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Keywords: Ensemble, Political, Writing and Writers, Sexual Fetishism, Relationships Gone Wrong, Prostitution
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: High Treason Pictures, Wellfleet Phantasy, Big Indie Pictures
Production Countries: United States

Lead Ensemble Members

   Sue Lemon
   Katharine Heilmann

Supporting Cast

Kate Mulgrew    Player's Wife
Bridget Regan    Robin
Christopher McDonald    The Player

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Production and Technical Credits

Nicholas Simon    Producer
Patricia Weiser    Producer
Robert Weiser    Producer
Richard S. Schiffrin    Executive Producer
Declan Baldwin    Co-Producer
Josh Shelov    Screenwriter
Michael Jaeger    Screenwriter

DVD and Blu-ray Releases for August 16th, 2011

August 16th, 2011

It's a deceptively busy week, as there are several significant releases hitting the home market on Tuesday. However, most of these are wide releases that flopped, to one degree or another. In fact, one of the best selling releases of the week is Jane Eyre, an early success story in limited release. When a limited release could conceivably lead the way in sales... well, that's a sure sign of weakness in the overall market. As for the best release of the week, that would have to go to The Big Lebowski Limited Edition Blu-ray Digibook. The latest season of Dexter would come close, but while the show is great, the releases are not Pick of the Week material. More...

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