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- 1 hr 41 min
Class Rank is a 2017 coming-of-age comedy movie that follows the story of two high school seniors who create a plan to get voted on as the school board members, so they can overturn a new rule that ranks students by their GPA instead of individual merit. The movie is directed by Eric Stoltz and written by Benjamin August, the same duo who brought us the critically acclaimed movie "The Good Catholic." The two seniors, Veronica Krauss (Olivia Holt) and Bernard Flannagan (Skyler Gisondo), come from entirely different backgrounds; Veronica is a top-ranking student, while Bernard is more concerned with arts and literature, taking after his grandfather (Bruce Dern), a once-famous writer who is now living in seclusion. The story starts with a classroom exchange between Veronica and Bernard, where Veronica points out that the new GPA-ranking policy is not fair, especially for those students who excel in extracurricular activities. Bernard, on the other hand, disagrees, stating that the policy is an excellent way for lazy students to be accountable. He adds that performance in other areas should be categorized separately. Veronica, determined to reverse the new policy, comes up with a plan to be elected on the school board as student representatives. However, they soon discover that they are running against two top-performing Asian students, who are in love and have their network of supporters. The two students, determined to win, have to deal with corrupt politicians like Joan Goldwyn (Kristin Chenoweth), who sees their campaign as a threat to her political ambitions. She recruits a couple of bumbling operatives to sabotage their campaign, but their attempts at sabotage only end up furthering the students' cause. As the movie progresses, Veronica and Bernard discover that they have more in common than they initially thought, and as they get more involved in each other's lives, they begin to question whether their campaign is more than just exposing the flaws in the new policy; it is about their journey to self-discovery. The movie is a poignant examination of high school life, looking at the pressure exerted on students to get good grades to compete for an ever-increasingly small pool of opportunities. It emphasizes the point that education shouldn't be a means to an end but instead should foster personal growth. The movie features some standout performances, especially from Skyler Gisondo and Olivia Holt, who work marvelously together to create a charming and compelling story. Kristin Chenoweth is also delightful as the conniving politician, who is more concerned with her prospects than the students' welfare. The film also addresses some serious issues such as xenophobia, corruption, and social inequalities, making it more than just a high school comedy. The movie's direction by Eric Stoltz is fantastic, with a steady-paced narrative that keeps you engaged throughout. The movie's soundtrack is excellent, with some well-known hits that work well in the context of the movie. Overall, Class Rank is a heartwarming film that delivers more than your typical high school comedy. It's a movie that examines important issues facing students today, and it does so with a witty and engaging storyline that highlights the need for personal growth and human connection.