REVIEW: THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST
Following sold-out grassroots screenings and a theatrical release in June 2011, THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST, a new comedy directed by Josh Shelov and co-written by Shelov and Michael Jaeger, makes its way to VOD, digital platforms and DVD on August 16..
Featuring an all-star cast including Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Bonnie Somerville (The Ugly Truth), Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy), Christopher McDonald (Harry’s Law), Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager), John Hodgman (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), Peter Serafinowicz (Couples Retreat), Jenna Stern (Game Change) and Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker), THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST offers a refreshingly “adult” twist on contemporary parenting..
Compared by Movie City News to A Fish Called Wanda and Ruthless People, THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST is a modern-day farce set in the world of New York City’s elite private schools. The Jasinskis (Harris, Somerville) are a middle-class couple from Delaware who move to New York City with their five-year-old daughter for a last chance at “the big time.” Upon arrival, they experience a big problem: they can’t get their daughter into a single private kindergarten. The couple desperately turns to kindergarten consultant, Sue Lemon (Sedaris), who recommends Jeff pose as a high-profile poet to gain kudos from the VIPs (Hodgman, McDonald and Mulgrew) who are deciding between two child candidates for the last coveted slot at Coventry Day School..
An innocent ploy quickly turns into sexual blackmail and creative persuasion as the Jasinskis battle to enroll their child. The film also stars Nina Lisandrello (The Bleeding House), and Emily Tremaine (Collar).
Cast interviews with Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Sedaris, and Christopher McDonald, among
Q&A with the cast
Audio Commentary with
the director and co-writter
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