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Review: 'Frontrunners'

( Unrated ) ( Monitor Movie Guide )

Documentary follows the insanely competitive race for student council president at Stuyvesant High School in New York City.

Gregory Mitnick Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories
Four candidates campaign for student council president at New York City'smost competitive public high school in FRONTRUNNERS.

Caroline Suh's "Frontrunners" is a documentary about the race for student council president at the insanely competitive Stuyvesant High School in New York City. Like all too many docs these days, it chronicles a contest while caricaturing the contestants. The film is clearly intended as a microcosm of the US presidential elections, although the students' cutthroat tactics are bush-league in comparison. And thank goodness for that: If high school presidential hopefuls start carrying on like their smear-happy elders, there's no hope for the republic. Grade: B- (Unrated.)

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