Monday, March 7, 2011

Waiting for "Superman" (2010)

Netflix DVD on 3/5/11
This is a very subtly upsetting film. The lack of quality education in this country is a problem that is easily ignored unless it directly affects you - in other words, most parents aren't concerned as long as their child's school is doing okay. Here, we follow a handful of children (six or seven maybe?) whose schools aren't doing okay as they and their parents struggle to get them better options - charter schools, private schools, college prep schools. The audience gets attached to each child and - spoiler alert - not all of them get accepted. You're left with a feeling of helplessness as the kids go back to what they had, suddenly out of options. Definitely makes you think. Also, this is much more visually interesting than this team's last doc, An Inconvenient Truth.
My Netflix rating: 3 stars

New Movies in Year Three: 10

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