In the Summer of 2020 news broke that “Full House” and “Fuller House” star Lori Loughlin was sentenced to jail time for buying her daughter’s place at college for $500,000 in 2019. Rick Singer also persuaded a number of his wealthy clients to part with large sums of cash in order to get their kids into prestigious colleges – colleges that already favour the rich.
The FBI got involved and eventually brought the whole operation to light and now the team behind “FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” are bringing the story to Netflix. The new film (with an equally long title) “Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal” will arrive on March 17th and uses a mixture of interviews and recreations of FBIs wiretapped calls between Singer and his clients.
An examination that goes beyond the celebrity-driven headlines and dives into the methods used by Rick Singer, the man at the center 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.