Some of you may have heard about a documentary released about two weeks ago titled NURSERY UNIVERSITY. It focuses on five Manhattan families who face the near-impossible task of getting accepted by highly competitive preschools. I am happy that with a 10 month old, this challenge does not affect me YET!
Here is a portion of the NY Times Movie Review for Nursery University (2008)…
April 24, 2009
First Preschool, Then the Ivy League
By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS
Published: April 24, 2009
“If you thrill to the sight of a preschool teacher bringing an investment banker to his knees, then “Nursery University” is for you. Following five Manhattan families as they navigate the cutthroat competition for elite nursery school spots for their pampered progeny, this knowing documentary from Marc H. Simon and Matthew Makar shows that, in New York City at least, exclusivity breeds contentment.
The movie’s educators and “application consultants” ($4,000 for seven meetings, thank you very much) may debunk the belief that these schools are essential for the Ivy League bound, but try telling that to the frazzled parents. Anxiously speed-dialing for applications and preparing for the all-important family interviews (“Tell them you like the New York Times crossword puzzle,” one father jokingly advises his winsome toddler), otherwise sane adults succumb to anger and frustration.”
I have not seen the movie yet, but plan to in the next few weeks. It is playing at these 2 locations in NY:
1. Phoenix Adlabs – The ImaginAsian Theater239 East 59th Street, New York, NY – (212) 371-6682 – 3:00 5:00 7:00 9:00pm
2. Malverne Cinema350 Hempstead Avenue, Malverne, NY – (516) 599-6966 – 5:30pm
Watch the trailer:
Has anyone seen the movie that can provide some feedback?