Review: Operation Varsity Blues: College Admission Scandal
For the vast majority of high school graduates, college follows in their imminent future. As time progresses, selectivity within schools has begun to increase.
For many, this rigidity is often a stressful and convoluted process to navigate. “Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal” is a documentary directed by Chris Smith on Netflix following the recent misconduct of America’s elite upper class.
The film focuses on celebrities such as Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman who cut corners to get their children into prestigious universities. This corrupt process of contacting college counseling programs to pay off university admissions staff is highlighted in a compelling style of actors and real people.
The movie was told through a wide-variety of witnesses of the scandal in a traditional documentary format. These included college students, admissions officers, parents and law experts. Their perspectives added to the depth of the film and gave its viewers a greater understanding as to what each side of the impropriety experienced.
During longer dialogues by the documentary’s experts, scenes featuring actors such as Matthew Modine gave imagery to the events unfolding. This cultivated my interest and kept me tuned in to all parts of the film’s storyline.
The film combined the commentary of many experts with actors which added to my understanding of the scandal. It provoked my genuine interest in an event that has touched the lives of many hardworking students.
By the end of the film, the verdict on the scandal is released with legal penalties for the perpetrators. This provides the necessary closure to the event.
Watching the film has led me to believe that college admissions must be re-evaluated to change acceptance from an avaricious higher education system to one that benefits all demographics of any social class.
Though it may be a frustrating film for those who are passionate about their collegiate futures, I recommend watching the college admissions scandal documentary for a reality check on the need to change our higher education system.
Carter Van Buskirk, sophomore, is a staff reporter for the Messenger. Carter plays varsity soccer for MHS. He is a board member for the sophomore class...