The Best and the Brightest

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Overview

New York City newcomers Jeff Neil Patrick Harris and Samantha Bonnie Somerville discover just how fast a little white lie can spiral out of control while attempting to get their five-year-old daughter into the hyper-competitive school system in this farcical comedy from director Josh Shelov. Sam has always dreamt of living in the big city. Little did she realize that getting her daughter into a good private school by the start of the fall semester would be the biggest challenge she ever undertook. Discouraged yet...
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Overview

New York City newcomers Jeff Neil Patrick Harris and Samantha Bonnie Somerville discover just how fast a little white lie can spiral out of control while attempting to get their five-year-old daughter into the hyper-competitive school system in this farcical comedy from director Josh Shelov. Sam has always dreamt of living in the big city. Little did she realize that getting her daughter into a good private school by the start of the fall semester would be the biggest challenge she ever undertook. Discouraged yet determined to cut through the bureaucracy at all costs, Sam convinces Jeff to hire Sue Lemon Amy Sedaris, a quirky consultant, who lands them an interview at the renowned Coventry Day School by convincing the stuffy headmistress Jenna Stern that computer programmer Jeff is actually an esteemed poet. Suddenly thrust before the entire school board as he attempts to maintain the elaborate ruse, the reluctant Jeff finds himself the toast of the Upper East Side. Eventually, Jeff and Sam are forced to choose between building their future on a fragile foundation of lies or admitting the truth and potentially being laughed all the way back to Delaware. Kate Mulgrew, Christopher McDonald, and John Hodgman co-star.
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Special Features

Audio Commentary with the Director and Co-Writer; Audition Footage; Cast Interviews; Deleted Scenes; Q&A with the Cast and Crew
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2011
  • UPC: 767685249352
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Source: New Video Group
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 69,810

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Neil Patrick Harris Jeff
Amelia Talbot Beatrice
Bonnie Somerville Sam
Nina Hodoruk Upper East Side Mom
Michael Elian Middle Eastern Bag Dealer
Suzanne Savoy Chapin Headmistress
Jennie Grace Altoids Mom
Cornelia Guest Spence Mom
Brea Bee Grace Church Mom
Jenna Stern Katherine Heilmann
Kelly Coffield Park Cindy Tanaka-Blumstein
Jos Laniado Luis the Super
Juliette Dunn P.S. 184 Tour Guide
Sadiq Afif P.S. 184 Boy
Jordan Johnston P.S. 184 Boy
Ralphie May P.S. 184 Security Guard
Tim Johnson Kid Harassing Security Guard
Ellis Walding P.S. 184 Cop
Amy Sedaris Sue Lemon
Maria Armesto Conseula
Peter Serafinowicz Clark
Christopher McDonald The Player
Mets Suber Abraham
Kate Mulgrew Player's Wife
John Hodgman Henry
Stephen Park George Tanaka-Blumstein
Jalen Hoang Yoshi
Amanda Phillipson Lucinda
Nina Lisandrello Bianca
Bridget Regan Robin
Emily Tremaine Mica
Richard Schiffrin Corrupt Nassau County Lobbyist
Urs Hirschbiegel Man At Podium
Technical Credits
Josh Shelov Director, Screenwriter
Declan Baldwin Producer
Russell Barnes Production Designer
Scott Black Associate Producer
Chadwick Brown Musical Direction/Supervision
Michelle Carchedi Associate Producer
Suzanne Smith Crowley Casting
Eden Daniels Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeffrey Harris Associate Producer
Urs Hirschbiegel Asst. Director
April Hodick Art Director
Peter Iannuccilli Editor
John Inwood Cinematographer
Michael Jaeger Screenwriter
Annette Kaplafka Casting
Jessica Kelly Casting
Mike Lemon Casting
Ted Masur Score Composer
Richard Schiffrin Executive Producer
Steven Shelov Associate Producer
Nicholas Simon Producer
David Taicher Camera Operator
Robert Weiser Producer
Christian Weiser Associate Producer
Patricia Weiser Producer
Ye Zhang Sound Mixer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Best and the Brightest
1. Main Titles [9:13]
2. Sue [7:39]
3. Clark to the Rescue [4:14]
4. Katharine Reads a Poem [9:51]
5. Meet the Board [8:34]
6. The Book Club [15:08]
7. Robin [4:13]
8. The Nectar Room [11:02]
9. Going Home [5:15]
10. The Fundraiser [5:03]
11. Jeff's First Live Performance [4:25]
12. Happy Endings [8:34]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Best and the Brightest
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   Scenes
   Extras
      Cast Interviews (14 min)
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         Neil Patrick Harris (4 min)
         A Trio (4 min) (Bridget, Christopher, Emily)
         Bonnie Somerville (4 min)
         Amy Sedaris (3 min)
      Audition Footage (9 min)
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            Jenna (5 min)
            Bridget (3 min)
            Nina (1 min)
      Deleted Scenes (7 min)
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            Sam Goes To Salon (1 min)
            Public School (1 min)
            Player Crazy (1 min)
            Extended Fundraiser (4 min)
      Panel Discussion with Kate Mulgrew, Director Josh Shelov, and Composer Ted Masur
   Audio Setup
      5.1 Dolby
      2.0 Stereo
      Commentary with Josh Shelov & Michael Jaeger
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