Sure, The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman can come across as a self-important blowhard at times. But he is a smart guy, and more important, he gives a hell of a plug to “Waiting for Superman,” a documentary about public education that opens in Denver in October.
There is a lot of publicity building around this film. In Colorado, education reform groups are going to launch a major campaign to get people to see the movie, and based on their anticipated reactions, to get involved in demanding serious systemic change to education in Colorado, and across the nation.
Can a movie prompt such a movement? We’ll see. It’s directed by Davis Guggenheim, who directed “An Inconvenient Truth,” so there is some track record.
I saw the movie a month or so ago, but was told by studio media handlers I absolutely could not write about it until it opened. Well, if Tom Friedman can bust the embargo, so can I. But I’ll restrain myself and just say this: It is beautifully made and powerful. Unavoidably, it over-simplifies matters to make its points. Still, it surpasses other recent films that focus on the same topic — “The Lottery” and the overtly bombastic “The Cartel.”
So I’ll give it three stars (I’m a tough reviewer) and urge people to see it when it opens.
By the way, if you know where people stand on education issues, you can easily predict whether they’ll love or loathe “Waiting for Superman.”
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