Wow–what a pleasant surprise. Due to the fact that this was available on Netflix Instant, I automatically assumed that it would be terrible. Still, something intrigued me—NPH, elitist New York private schools—there had to be something there. And there was. So, forget pleasant. This was more than just a pleasant surprise. It was like finding a glory hole cut into the bathroom stall of a crappy bar, pondering about whether or not to take the plunge, and just before unzipping to take your chances, another man popping himself through from the other side and letting himself hang it all out with just enough time for you to snap a picture with your camera phone so you can message it to your friends and laugh about it later. Yes, just like that.
Basically, Sam (Bonnie Somerville) and Jeff (Neil Patrick Harris) are a young couple who have just moved toNew York with their 5-year-old daughter, Beatrice. With little money and no chance, they attempt to enroll their daughter in the elite New York private school system. After employing the use of Sue Lemon (Amy Sedaris), a private school consultant, a slew of hilarious lies and swinger parties ensue at the expense of earning one open spot.
This movie is a staunch comedy through and through. Neil Patrick Harris poses as a poet who gets his material from sexual expletives exchanged in a chat room between his college buddy and a New York hooker. The readings of these so-called “poems” constitute some of the funniest scenes in the movie. In a close second–the scenes made up of book club discussions that dissect the meaning of Cleveland steamers and their relationship to universal identity.
I cannot really tell you just how low my expectations were before watching this. If I was completely honest, you still might decide to skip this straight to DVD gem. Well, don’t. There are plenty of ass jokes.