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The Best and the Brightest Details


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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:June 24, 2011


Neil Patrick Harris
as Jeff
Bonnie Somerville
as Sam
Nina Hodoruk
as Upper East Side Mom
Suzanne Savoy
as Chapin Headmistress
Cornelia Guest
as Spence Mom
Brea Bee
as Grace Church Mom
Jenna Stern
as Katherine Heilmann
Kelly Coffield Park
as Cindy Tanaka-Blumstein
Jos Laniado
as Luis the Super
Jordan Johnston
as P.S. 184 Boy
Ralphie May
as P.S. 184 Security Guard
Amy Sedaris
as Sue Lemon
Peter Serafinowicz
as Clark
Christopher McDonald
as The Player
Mets Suber
as Abraham
Kate Mulgrew
as Player's Wife
John Hodgman
as Henry
Stephen Park
as George Tanaka-Blumstein
Nina Lisandrello
as Bianca
Bridget Regan
as Robin
Emily Tremaine
as Mica
Richard Schiffrin
as Corrupt Nassau County Lobbyist
Urs Hirschbiegel
as Man At Podium


Josh Shelov
Nicholas Simon
Robert Weiser
Declan Baldwin
Josh Shelov
Michael Jaeger
John Inwood
Russell Barnes
Production Designer
Richard Schiffrin
Executive Producer
Eden Daniels
Costume Designer
Urs Hirschbiegel
First Assistant Director
Jessica Kelly
Ye Zhang
Sound Mixer
Mike Lemon
Coll Anderson
Supervising Sound Editor
Renannah Weinstein
Assistant Editor
Jonathan Breen
Key Grip
Tom Paul
Re-Recording Mixer
Charlie Rowe
Script Supervisor