Monday, December 5, 2011

Must See Movies for Adults–The Best and the Brightest starring Neil Patrick Harris and Amy Sedaris (Review)



  • Director: Josh Shelov
  • Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Bonnie Somerville, Amy Sedaris, Jenna Stern, Peter Serafinowicz, Kate Mulgrew, Bridget Regan, John Hodgman, Christopher McDonald
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  • $26.95 US / $29.95 CAN
  • 93 mins. + extras

    THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST follows a fresh-faced couple, Jeff (Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother) and Samantha (Bonnie Somerville, The Ugly Truth), and the lengths they must go to in order to get their daughter into a New York City private kindergarten.

    An oddball consultant, Sue Lemon (Amy Sedaris, Strangers with Candy), gets them an interview, but it’s based on a lie: that Jeff is a renowned poet, instead of the humdrum computer programmer he is in real life. Keeping this ridiculous lie aloft proves more and more difficult, as Jeff is forced to play the role of a raunchy “sexting” poet for the entire school board.

    Featuring an all-star cast including Christopher McDonald (Harry’s Law), Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager), Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker), John Hodgman (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Peter Serafinowicz (Couples Retreat), THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST offers a refreshingly “adult” twist on contemporary parenting.

    My Thoughts:

    This comedy, featuring an all-star cast, will have parents laughing and wondering if they would go to extremes in order to get their children into elite, private schools.  Well, this was the case with Sue and Jeff.  Sue wanting more for her child is to lie about her husband's occupation in order to get an interview.  She weaves a set of lies that eventually leave to decide if she wants to continue living out this absurd charade in order to live the life she has dreamed of, or come clean and and be herself.  Both my husband and I were laughing throughout this date-night movie and couldn't wait to see how the whole story and lies played out. 

    Definitely a must see for parents wanting a laugh or good movie to watch for a stay at home date-night movie.


    Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this product from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.


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