Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal
IMDb rating: 7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 87%
An examination that goes beyond the celebrity-driven headlines and dives into the methods used by Rick Singer, the man at the centre of the shocking 2019 college admissions scandal, to persuade his wealthy clients to cheat an educational system already designed to benefit the privileged.
Using an innovative combination of interviews and narrative recreations of the FBI’s wiretapped conversations between Singer and his clients, Operation Varsity Blues offers a rare glimpse into the enigmatic figure behind a scheme that exposed the lengths wealthy families would go to for admission into elite colleges, and angered a nation already grappling with the effects of widespread inequality.
From Chris Smith and Jon Karmen, the filmmakers behind Fyre, and starring Matthew Modine as Rick Singer.
The Wall Street Journal says, “Augmenting the carnival atmosphere was the public indignation over privileged people scamming a system already tailored for them, a point made rather emphatically in Operation Varsity Blues,” and Detroit News writes, “It’s all fascinating stuff, perfect material for a documentary to dive deep into.”
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