Documentary on T.M. Landry Scandal
Remember the college admissions scandal? No, not that college admissions scandal. The other one. Ok, there have been quite a few over the last few years but the T.M. Landry college admissions scandal back in 2019, if our readers may remember, sent shockwaves across the college admissions landscape — only for it to be seemingly erased from our collective memory when news reports of the Varsity Blues admissions scandal broke. T.M. Landry, the school of predominantly underrepresented and/or underprivileged minority students, had gained widespread acclaim over the years for its acceptance videos in which students learned of their offers of admission from Ivy League schools and their equivalents while being filmed live. The videos would soon after go viral and were often played on Good Morning America and The Today Show. But, as we’d soon learn, the school’s administrators were forging student transcripts, concocting feel-good stories to pull on admissions officers’ heartstrings, and even inflicting emotional and physical abuse on some of its students.
About a year ago, we wrote about how a documentary by Dan Chen chronicling four students who attended the prep school would be premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival. Well, the film is now on Amazon Prime and Apple TV+, we’ve seen it, and we wholeheartedly concur with the reviews. It’s fantastic. As Lovia Gyarkye writes for The Hollywood Reporter, “Accepted brings us face to face with the myth of American meritocracy itself. This broader scope elevates the doc, taking it from a good and compelling watch to an essential one.” And as Beandrea July writes for The New York Times, “As we witness both the documentary’s subjects — and its director — navigate a shocking development in real time, a quietly probing film emerges that pierces the myth of American meritocracy.”
That’s right. For those interested in America’s college admissions process, this probing documentary with a 95% Rotten Tomatoes score on the unaccredited co-ed private prep school, is an essential watch. It’s dramatic. It’s sincere. It’s heartbreaking. We absolutely loved it. Do check it out.
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