(CNN) - California Republicans don't usually praise movies that come out of left-leaning Hollywood, but gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is adding her endorsement to a critically acclaimed new film with sharp political overtones.
In a one-minute radio ad released Tuesday, the former eBay executive touts the education documentary "Waiting for Superman."
"I'm Meg Whitman, and I don't normally recommend movies," Whitman says in the ad. "But every parent of a school-aged child in California should see 'Waiting for 'Superman.'"
"This documentary may make your blood pressure rise. But I believe it will galvanize us to work together across party lines to overturn the status quo and bring about real education reform," she says.
The film hits teachers unions particularly hard, which is music to the ears of many conservatives.
California's 325,000-member teachers union has been slamming Whitman for weeks with ads criticizing proposals her education reform ideas.
"Whitman says we could cut another $7 billion from our schools," one of the ads says. "Tell Meg Whitman that cutting education to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy is wrong for our schools and California's future."'