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Trailer for Frontrunners

Movie Preview: Frontrunners

Do you ever wonder what politicians — especially presidential candidates — were like as kids? I do. So I'm fascinated by this trailer for the documentary Frontrunners, which follows the student election at a prestigious New York public high school (a place where kids have to apply to get in and of those that apply only three percent are accepted).

Is it a thirst for power? A natural gift for leadership? A real desire to make a difference in the world? For some of them it's all these things, and for others it just seems like a random decision. All I know is that watching these young'uns strategize (how to get the word out that they're running?) and spin (one candidate describes his ticket thusly: "Basically, us together creates a synergical force of amiability which is far beyond the normal reaches of human comprehension") is at once entertaining and eerily similar to the grown-up world. From the preview alone you can see hints of the adult power-players these ambitious teens might very well become.

The film opens in New York Oct. 15 but I'm crossing my fingers it will make its way to my town sooner rather than later. To check out the preview for yourself,

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verily verily 7 years
Synergistic force of amiability. Uh huh...let's all be friends. I don't think he even understood what HE was saying and his companion was trying her hardest not to crack up. It reminds me of all those "deep" thoughts I used to have with friends when we were young.I did like his three-fold reasoning for standing on top of the bridge. :)
verily verily 7 years
Synergistic force of amiability. Uh huh...let's all be friends. I don't think he even understood what HE was saying and his companion was trying her hardest not to crack up. It reminds me of all those "deep" thoughts I used to have with friends when we were young. I did like his three-fold reasoning for standing on top of the bridge. :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
oooh i've never even heard about this movie before but i'm definitely going to check it out since it's going to open here. it's funny how most non new yorkers don't understand how schools work here. yes there are a COUPLE of public schools that you have to apply to that are really selective - 3 to be exact and then there are any number of private schools that are just about as impossible as you can imagine to get into as well. i think that this could really give us a new look at things, and i can't wait to see what it looks like on the big screen.
Anadi Anadi 7 years
I was blown away by what the kid said at the beginning, but only because I didn't understand what he said. I had to repeat that part like three times until I gave up because I never got what he said. This definitely looks interesting.
penguins268 penguins268 7 years
This looks good! I am utterly fascinated by high schools in an actual city, not suburbia. That schools layout, from what I can see, is really cool! I mean, escalators?? We're lucky we have one elevator! :) PS Did anyone else not understand what that kid was saying in the beginning??
penguins268 penguins268 7 years
This looks good! I am utterly fascinated by high schools in an actual city, not suburbia. That schools layout, from what I can see, is really cool! I mean, escalators?? We're lucky we have one elevator! :)PS Did anyone else not understand what that kid was saying in the beginning??
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