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Waiting for "Superman" (2010)

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Overview


Genre

Documentary

Release Date

September 24, 2010 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG

Duration

102 min.

Studio

Paramount Vantage

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Davis Guggenheim

Producer

Lesley Chilcott

Screenwriter

Davis Guggenheim, Billy Kimball

Starring

  • The Black Family
  • Geoffrey Canada
  • The Esparza Family
  • The Hill Family
  • Michelle Rhee
  • George Reeves
  • Bill Strickland
  • Randi Weingarten

Story


For a nation that proudly declared it would leave no child behind, America continues to do so at alarming rates. Despite increased spending and politicians' promises, our buckling public-education system, once the best in the world, routinely forsakes the education of millions of children. Oscar-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) reminds us that education "statistics" have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR "SUPERMAN." As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying "drop-out factories" and "academic sinkholes," methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems. However, embracing the belief that good teachers make good schools, Guggenheim offers hope by exploring innovative approaches taken by education reformers and charter schools that have-in reshaping the culture-refused to leave their students behind.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..muckraking new expose..”
by Nathan Rabin [A.V. Club]
“..a brilliant move..”
by Scott Bowles [USA Today]
“..heartrending, if not surprising..”
by Matthew Connolly [Slant Magazine]