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Movie review: 'The Best and the Brightest'
Movie review: 'The Best and the Brightest'

"The Best and the Brightest" might have had some real teeth -- and some real smarts -- in the hands of a savvy satirist such as Christopher Guest. Unfortunately, writer-director Josh Shelov's sendup of the Manhattan private school culture flies off its comic rails after an engaging start, never to land back on solid ground. Shelov's glib, overly crass script, co-written by Michael Jaeger, finds cautious computer programmer Jeff (Neil Patrick Harris), his more adventurous wife, Sam (Bonnie Somerville), and their 5-year-old daughter, Beatrice (Amelia Talbot), moving from Delaware to the Big Apple for reasons that seem, frankly, less than urgent. Once there, however, Jeff...

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