Here's a superb film about elite college admissions that parents should see. Why am I singling out parents? Well, that's because when you watch In 500 Words or Less, you'll get to see the sometimes less-than-positive effects of your good intentions while "helping" your high school senior with his or her college process.
Of course, high school students, especially you rising juniors and rising seniors should watch 500 Words too. If you're aspiring to the Ivy League and other so-called elite schools, then these stories that follow four seniors through their stresses and agonies can be quite helpful, if not cautionary.