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Waiting for Superman [Blu-ray] [2010] [US Import]

Charles Adam , Charles Adams , Davis Guggenheim    Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charles Adam, Charles Adams, Jonathan Alter, Robert Balfanz, Harriet Ball
  • Directors: Davis Guggenheim
  • Writers: Davis Guggenheim, Billy Kimball
  • Producers: Diane Weyermann, Eliza Hindmarch, Jeff Skoll, Lesley Chilcott, Michael Birtel
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Q6D28W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,415 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In a documentary sure to get parents and teachers talking--and arguing--An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim offers an eye-opening overview of America's ailing educational system. Geoffrey Canada, founder of the Harlem Children's Zone, serves as his primary speaker. As a kid in the Bronx, Canada learned that Superman didn't exist, which broke his heart, but also inspired him to help other underprivileged children. Aside from Canada and Washington, DC, school chancellor Michelle Rhee, Guggenheim profiles Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, engaging young people without access to institutions adequate to their needs (Guggenheim concentrates on the inner city). Bianca's single mother, for instance, sends her daughter to a private facility in New York, but that ends when she can no longer afford the tuition. The five families choose the charter school option, but not every child will win the lottery, since applicants outnumber spaces (in Bianca's case, 767 apply for 35 slots). Guggenheim also questions teachers' unions, which sometimes act against the best interests of students. He's particularly concerned about underperforming instructors who suffer no disciplinary measures due to tenure, but he credits the dedicated professionals who help at-risk kids beat the odds. The film ends with a potentially happy outcome for one subject, but updates on the others fail to materialise. After investing in their stories, it's natural to expect more information. Guggenheim otherwise provides a persuasive argument that involved parents will always have an advantage over those who accept whatever comes their way--no matter how ineffective. --Kathleen C. Fennessy


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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and inspiring 1 Feb 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
By the end of this documentary, I had tears in my eyes. It is a poignant look at what happens when systems over take people in society. I intend to use the film as a tool to see what can be done about education in my community.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent 19 Jan 2012
By aa318
Format:DVD
Quick delivery, good quality and a very interesting documentary. Would advise purchase to any one who is interested in the American school system or anyone that is seeking employment working with children, young people in America. Helps you to understand the different systems and the barriers and disadvantages in which some families face getting their children into school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very tense and real! 16 Jan 2012
By TMV
Format:DVD
Very tense and real film, about the education and what it is like these days!
And I think this apply almost everywhere in the world - if not, probably soon will be!
Do your homework if you care about your children!
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