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Waiting For Superman Movie Review

It’s hard to recommend Waiting For Superman. Because as excellent it is, it is equally depressing. But if you love thought-provoking, well-made documentaries, then this is must-see cinema.

Waiting For Superman takes a look at the American public education system and goes beyond the statistics that we all become indifferent too. In a nutshell, their schooling system is a mess. Filmmaker David Guggenheim chose five families across the US and followed the plight of the children to receive the education they deserve.

These kids are all bright, beautiful children who love school; one girl who melted my heart, Daisy, has even written to the colleges she hopes to attend. But as the documentary shows, they are trapped in a system that inhibits, instead of encourages, academic potential.

Whether you buy the facts and figures – personally I’m cynical and believe that ‘statistics’ can always be manipulated – Waiting For Superman is a real insight into issues such as ‘dropout factories’ and dud teachers. But don’t dismiss this documentary as irrelevant for Australian audiences: this is a beautifully-made human interest story and I fear our own public education system is not too far behind.

There’s interviews with public education activists, teachers and unionists. You almost want to stand up and cheer when Bill Gates and controversial public education reformer Michelle Rhee speak out.


I’ll warn you: the last scenes are heart-breaking. So take a choc top, to get you through it.

Waiting For Superman in cinemas March 24.

Have you seen Waiting For Superman? What did you think?