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Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal

2021 . Documentary, Crime, Drama . 1h 40m

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About the movie

An examination that goes beyond the celebrity-driven headlines and dives into the methods used by Rick Singer, the man at the center of the shocking 2019 college admissions scandal, to persuade his wealthy clients to cheat an educational system already designed to benefit the privileged.

Actors:

Matthew Modine, Roger Rignack, Jillian Peterson, Courtney Rackley, Wallace Langham

Language:

English

Release:

17 Mar 2021

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Reviews

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Elliot C image

3 months ago

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Well done production and relies on actual recordings for the dialogue. If you want to get riled up about the academic loopholes exploited by the rich, apply here. Still, doesn’t feel particularly revelatory, was a bit repetitive, and most of the story was well covered by the national media at the time. Did it need an entire full-length documentary?

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Bob Rose image

5 months ago

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Very interesting! You always knew this was going on, this just shined a light on a few of the cockroaches running and paying for these scams.

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Morten Veith Schroeder image

5 months ago

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I really enjoyed this documentary and was captivated from start to finish! It’s just a crazy story and actually really liked how they dramatized it. I’m usually not a big fan of that, but it worked incredibly well and really added a lot to the wiretapping conversations! It’s just a crazy story honestly! It did however rub me in the wrong way in the end when some of the interviewees said they wish students would stop obsessing over which university they get into and that’s just a ridiculous and ignorant comment! As long as companies/managers/adults obsess over the name of your university so will the students! SPOILER: Cannot believe what an absolute slimeball Rick Singer actually was when he cut a deal with the Fed and set up all his clients!

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Fabio Caiazzo image

6 months ago

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I liked the content and the real conversations extracts; in terms of execution and storytelling, I think Netflix has done better. About the story, it’s just so good that a system of privilege most people knew it existed got exposed so loudly

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Sidsel Libergren image

6 months ago

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I really liked this documentary, however the whole bribing-your-way-into-college-thing honestly doesn’t surprise me at all. The crazy part is how they did it and literally photoshopped peoples faces into pictures to appear as elite athletes 👀 I do think that there is a bigger problem above all this, being that the admission criteria for colleges/universities have become way to high. You need to be better than the best to even be considered going into some of those school, and for me, being a uni student myself, that’s so freaking demotivating. I had pretty average grades when applying for uni in Denmark and it was shocking to find out how high scores you need to get into most of the programs.. it’s really tough and demotivating and it only ruins your self confidence, especially since you potentially doesn’t have a chance to get into your dream study program 🥺 it needs to change 🎓

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Caroline Hill image

6 months ago

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💰 Interesting to see what happened behind this big story. Definitely shows that more went on behind the scenes than I even realised; thought it was just pay money and that's it but a lot of deceit went into it. They must've felt pretty constantly nervous deep down. 🎓 Highlights what we all already know, especially of the American college system: The wealthy can buy their way in and have a huge unfair advantage and take spots from those who have worked hard despite not having all the unfair privileges from birth. And their punishment wasn't too excessive for it, though at least image is hurt, they will recover. 👥 It tries to conclude that you can get educated anywhere but from what I've seen of the job system in North America, it's not about the education, it is the name and who you know. Really, that's what's gotta change here. Make it about education, not connection. Really not a good system. Documentary was interesting. Not mind blowing or radically necessary but something to watch.

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Sidsel Libergren image

6 months ago

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