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As for the movie, I like that they used a broad spectrum of people: the rich snobs you imagine, the more down to earth rich people, the poorer minority, the bohemians and the single mom with special ed requirements. I wish they went more in depth with the real reason these families go through this process. I suspect for the wealthy families, it not just about education, but more aboout networking. Your kids will grow up next to kids of the other social circles you wish to interact with. Isn't that what Ivy League is for? Plenty of schools are excellent and will produce adults with great careers. Ivy League has a network that opens into (or maintains) a certain social circle that education by itself can't get you. And networks do help in life! I'd say it's most important. Most people I know got their job by knowing someone who knew someone. For the immigrants, I'd like to see more of what kind of education was a good education to them. What is their acceptable standards? For the single mom, I want to know if she felt guilty for having a child that was slightly developmentally impaired?
The movie was a clean and bright view of world many of us don't get to see, which was a documentary should be.
It's all surface agitation. Little introspection. No wisdom. Just yuppies doing what they see their peers doing. Monkey see monkey do. No critical ability. Ants and rats, going to and fro.
Lots of the people featured are first generation largely white newcomers to Manhattan/NYC, and seem unaware that they to an extent chose to enter a highly insular, regimented social milieu with its own arbitrary rules. They do not recognize that there are million other legitimate ways to live and educate children.
All the parents are reading the one book in print re nursery schools in NYC (by Victoria Goldman) and none of them seem to have thought that there are hundreds of perfectly good schools in other neighborhoods but are completely omitted from this book.
Rent it on Netflix; no need to buy. You won't want to watch it again. It's not artsy or timeless. It's more like social farce lite.
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