Waiting for Superman is a documentary about the state of American public schools. It's simultaneously depressing and inspiring, which is an impressive balance. There is a lot of good in the film, and it's certainly one I recommend, but it is also not without its faults and shortcomings. Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim uses the stories of five children entering school lotteries to put faces on the plight of neighborhood school. While this technique is effective in humanizing the problem, it also steers the film's focus away from other problems. At times the film feels like it's several different films, and the jumps between storylines are not always smooth. While I enjoy and appreciate almost all of the pieces, ultimately the execution
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