One of the local schools nearby held a free screening of this film, and with it being a film that was selected for Sundance, I definitely wanted to see it. As a bonus, there was a discussion with the executive producer of the film, who also wrote the book that inspired the film.
The film discusses the issues with America's educational system in that it is preparing youth for jobs that will likely no longer exist once they enter the workforce. The most impressive part of this film, however, is its perspective. There is an introduction that states the thesis of the film, but rather than supporting it with a bunch of stats and figures that show what is wrong with the educational system, it instead takes the approach of showing a school that is doing the right thing. It is a unique and refreshing perspective to a topic that is often covered. The film is also rather well-assembled, with the interviews being framed well and the editing feeling cohesive and interesting. The biggest critique that I have with the filmmaking elements of the film is that the sound quality for some of the interviews is a bit lackluster.
So overall, "Most Likely to Succeed" was an interesting, rather well-made documentary. It doesn't have a theatrical release yet, but it is touring with various educational screenings, so if the topic interests you, check it out.
Most Likely to Succeed
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters (sort-of) at a screening.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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