For me this issue is most clearly seen in listening to a group of SAT tutors—people who make money off of training people for the test—talking about how long it has been known (as one of them puts it) that “the emperor has no clothes.”
The second episode of Genius is directed by Minkie Spiro and focuses on more intimate portrayals of the characters.
The film reflects a slightly romantic view of this period of coming of age. These people are filled with optimism as their lives lay open before them. Of course we know that there will be stumbling blocks in the life ahead of them.