Wednesday, August 13, 2008

MOVIE: SMART PEOPLE



Smart People is a 2008 comedy film starring Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Page and Thomas Haden Church. The film was directed by Noam Murro and written by Mark Poirier.

Ever since his wife passed away, Lawrence Wetherhold (Quaid) has become overly acerbic and self-absorbed. He's alienated his son (Ashton Holmes) and transformed his daughter (Page) into a friendless overachiever. Now, at the precise moment Lawrence thought he had finally figured it all out, his life comes crashing down all around him as he falls for a former student (Parker) and his shiftless adopted brother (Church) comes knocking on the door in search of a place to stay. Though Lawrence always relied on his intelligence to get him out of life's little jams in the past, it's going to take quite a bit more than intellectual thinking to move past this sticky stage in his suddenly chaotic life. David Denman and Christine Lahti co-star in this romantic comedy drama.




Most of the time, I like to think of myself as being a smart person with a quick wit. The only problem is that most of the time this is not actually the case. I'm not saying that I'm not smart because I do think I'm just as knowledgeable as most people. It all depends on what is what. If I'm talking to a computer hacker, and I know nothing about computer hacking, then the hacker is smarter than I am in that particular discussion. If were talking about movies, then I'm probably the smarter person in that discussion. In my opinion, everyone is smart when it comes to something and no one is smart in everything.

Most of the characters in Smart People think they are smarter then everyone else and most of the time can only think about themselves. The movie plays out with an intellectual family trying to start over again. Quaid plays his character perfectly as he tries to start dating again with the disapproval of his children. His adopted brother shows up to annoy him and crash at his place because he has no where else to crash. He ties to get a book published and become head of his teaching department, even though he really doesn't want to. Quaid also nails the professor with the beard look as well.

There is a little bit of quirky humor mostly supplied by the banter between Page and Church. But the movie mostly tries to be a romantic and to get Parker to fall in love with her old professor. Parker is very good here and is always a talented actress when she is not in something called Sex and the City.

The type of people who only care about themselves are usually the type of people who call themselves smart or think that their shit don't stink. These types of people can overcome this way of thinking though and the characters in Smart People make an effort to which in turn supplies the ending of the movie. If you go through life only caring about yourself, then it is going to be one lonely life.

Smart People: 6 out of 10

The DVD features deleted scenes; outtakes; cast and crew interviews; audio commentary.


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