The Best & The Brightest on DVD

Buy The Best & The Brightest with Kate Mulgrew today on

THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST follows a fresh-faced couple, Jeff (Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother) and Samantha (Bonnie Somerville, The Ugly Truth), and the lengths they must go to in order to get their daughter into a New York City private kindergarten.
An oddball consultant, Sue Lemon (Amy Sedaris, Strangers with Candy), gets them an interview, but it s based on a lie: that Jeff is a renowned poet, instead of the humdrum computer programmer he is in real life. Keeping this ridiculous lie aloft proves more and more difficult, as Jeff is forced to play the role of a raunchy sexting poet for the entire school board.
Featuring an all-star cast including Christopher McDonald (Harry s Law), Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager), Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker), John Hodgman (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and Peter Serafinowicz (Couples Retreat), THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST offers a refreshingly adult twist on contemporary parenting.

Bonus 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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See The Best & The Brightest in NYC & LA

See Kate Mulgrew in The Best and The Brightest which hits NYC & LA Friday, June 24th.

Tickets for NYC –

Q&A with co-writer/director Josh Shelov after Friday night’s 7:15pm screening.

Tickets for LA –

Q&A with co-writer Michael Jaeger after Fri & Sat 7:50pm shows.

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‘The Best & the Brightest’ opens in NY & LA June 24, 2011


Josh Shelov-Directed All-Star Comedy Cast Includes Neil Patrick Harris, Bonnie Somerville, Amy Sedaris, Christopher McDonald, John Hodgman and Kate Mulgrew

New York, NY [Tuesday, May 10, 2011] – New Video’s Flatiron Film Company and PMK*BNC announced today the platform release schedule for director Josh Shelov’s comedy, The Best and the Brightest. Following a successful sneak preview campaign spearheaded by Big Indie Pictures, the film, which world-premiered at the 2010 Philadelphia Film Festival and stars Neil Patrick Harris, will open theatrically in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, June 24, 2011. A VOD, digital and DVD release is slated for August 16.

Compared by Movie City News to A Fish Called Wanda and Ruthless People, The Best and the Brightest, co-written by Shelov and Michael Jaeger, is a modern-day comedy set in the world of New York City’s elite private schools. The Jasinskis (Harris, Bonnie Somerville) are a middle-class couple from Delaware who move to New York City with their five-year-old daughter for a last chance at “the big time.” Upon arrival, they experience a big problem: they can’t get their daughter into a single private kindergarten. The couple desperately turns to kindergarten consultant, Sue Lemon (Amy Sedaris), who recommends Jeff pose as a high-profile poet to gain kudos from the VIPs who are deciding between two child candidates for the last coveted slot at Coventry Day School (John Hodgman, Christopher McDonald and Kate Mulgrew). An innocent ploy quickly turns into sexual blackmail and creative persuasion as the Jasinskis battle to enroll their child.

“We’re thrilled to be working with New Video and PMK*BNC,” said Josh Shelov, director of The Best and the Brightest. “In an exciting time when movie-going audiences can access content via multiple platforms, their cohesive and streamlined distribution plan presents our film with the opportunity to be seen by a wide and diverse audience.”

The Best and the Brightest is directed and co-written by Josh Shelov and produced by Robert and Patricia Weiser (High Treason Pictures), Nicholas Simon, and Declan Baldwin (Big Indie Pictures). Richard Schiffrin (Wellfleet Phantasy Productions) is the executive producer. The film stars Neil Patrick Harris, Bonnie Somerville, Amy Sedaris, Jenna Stern, Christopher McDonald, Peter Serafinowicz, Bridget Regan, Kate Mulgrew and John Hodgman.

For more information on The Best and the Brightest, please visit the official website at

Also check out reports & photos on Totally Kate:

The Best and The Brightest opens at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles and the Quad Cinema in NYC on June 24!
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Kate Interview in Dubuque Telegraph Herald

Interview with Kate Mulgrew in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald! Talks about The Best & The Brightest. Get your tickets for the sneak previews in Dubuque.

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The Best & The Brightest in Dubuque

THE BEST and the BRIGHTEST  – JIFFD Inaugural Screening Event

VIP Sneak Preview Gala – Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6 pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Julien – 200 Main Street-Dubuque, IA. Director Josh Shelov and Dubuque-born Actress Kate Mulgrew will be featured guests at the event and will participate in a short Q&A with the audience following the screening. Tickets ($25 or VIP table for $300-seating eight) for that event are already available for pre-purchase at The Bank Bar and Grille, on Main Street, in Dubuque – phone (563) 584-1729. Cocktails will be served at the event from 6-7 pm compliments of the Bank Bar and Grille. This VIP event is being held by the Julien International Film Festival Dubuque.

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The Best & The Brightest in LA

Kate Mulgrew will be at the “Q&A” after the sneak peak screening of The Best & The Brightest in LA on April 12th. Would love to post reviews of the film, reports/photos from the “Q&A” on the Totally Kate site. Here’s the link for tickets:

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Trailer for The Best & The Brightest

Watch the trailer for The Best & The Brightest with Kate Mulgrew:

For info on sneak preview screenings, check out the official website at:

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The Best & The Brightest Q&A Report

Here’s my report & photos on the Yale in Hollywood Q&A session with Kate Mulgrew for The Best & The Brightest held in NYC on Saturday:

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Screenings of The Best & The Brightest in LA

Kate Mulgrew is in the hilarious new movie “The Best & The Brightest”. Here’s the link for info on tickets to preview screenings of The Best & The Brightest in LA

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Viewing Party for The Best & The Brightest?

Kate Mulgrew is in the very funny new movie ‘The Best & The Brightest’. Would you like to host a viewing party for the movie? Maybe you belong to a Star Trek Fan club and would like to arrange a viewing for your members. Check out the link to see how you can make it happen!

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