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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Waiting for "Superman"

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: This documentary explains how the public education system in America sucks the big one.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Aside from a few presidents and Bill Gates, the most famous person in the movie is Ralphie from The Simpsons... because working in education is thankless.

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. The beginning and end focus on compelling stories about actual children who are hurt by having to win a lottery if they ever want to get into a good elementary school and on the path to making something of their lives. But the middle is reminiscent of a Statistics 101 class, which these children will probably not be in school long enough to get to suffer through.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Many of the statistics are demonstrated through cute little animations, which provided me with my biggest laugh. Not so much the animations, but the animators' final credit, which read: "Animation by Awesome and Modest."

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: If you don't cry in this movie, it's because you hate the childrens.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: President W. Bush makes a cameo appearance that reminds us that whatever elite private school he went to should get an award for giving him an Education Most Like That of a Public School Student. Oh, how I miss getting to hear him talkinating on those podium stands.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: The kids come off like miniature adults... who happen to have no chance at a future worth becoming adults for.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: The images created in this movie are proof that just because you're shooting a documentary doesn't mean you have to make it look like crap. Some of the frames Davis Guggenheim discovers could double as wall art. Or at least grace the cover of a Trapper Keeper.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: The script has too many numbers in it. I can only handle so many statistics in a row before I start to think about other things. Like cake. And I don't particularly like cake.

Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?

A: Despite anything negative I've said about the entertainment value of this movie, you should still probably see it. Just so you know.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?


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