Waiting for 'Superman'

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  102 min.
Release Date: October 1, 2010 (limited)
DVD: February 15, 2011

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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.

Director: Davis Guggenheim
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Producer(s): Lesley Chilcott
Screenplay: Davis Guggenheim, Billy Kimball
Official Site: www.WaitingforSuperman.com

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  • 4 stars "This movie deals with subject matter that is truly gripping and heart wrenching. The classic Simpsons line "will somebody please think of the children?" comes to mind many times during the film, and we are reminded sadly that many people are not thinking of them or their future. This doc really held my interest and opened my eyes to the educational system in America. See it for sure."