Smart People

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Smart People
Bearing a ‘From the Producer of “Sideways’’’ poster credit on its back, Noam Murro’s haughty, self-consciously erudite, Sundance-stained comedy shows there are few more annoying traits in cinema than clever people done badly. Dennis Quaid struggles to convince as a Midwestern professor out to bag a publishing deal for his swollen tome of confrontational critical theory. His vacant emotional incubus of a daughter, Ellen Page has to secure a place at an Ivy League university while fending off Sarah Jessica Parker’s amorous advances towards her emotionally crippled pops.

Though the film makes the all-too-hamfisted point that book smarts and people smarts are different kettles of oily fish, you don’t for one minute believe – as you do with ‘Sideways’ and ‘The Squid and the Whale’ – that any of these characters demonstrate genuine intelligence beyond smug eyebrow raising, pointless rhetorical quips and nasty grammar fascism. And it’s slathered in an awful soundtrack of coffee-table acoustica that makes Sheryl Crow sound as heavy as Motörhead.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday May 16 2008
Duration: 95 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Noam Murro
Screenwriter: Mark Poirier
Cast: Dennis Quaid
Sarah Jessica Parker
Thomas Haden Church
Ellen Page
Ashton Holmes

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Ollie Goodall

Smug beyond belief. A poor stab at the indie, and looking to more than break even. The music is simply cloying and attempting to hide the missing warmth. The likes of Page, Haden Church simply don't have the material that would otherwise have helped us sympathise. Annoying because there are elements that in the right hands (a script rewrite) would have been easier to swallow. I give it a grade C

usman khawaja

smart movie made by smart people for smart people -do not miss it if you are smart enough to enjoy smart scripts with smart men and smart women -otherwise you might begin to smart with the silly willy indiana jones which got 3 stars and this only 2 -that was rather not so smart -never mind =get smart-go watch it

usman khawaja

smart movie made by smart people for smart people -do not miss it if you are smart enough to enjoy smart scripts with smart men and smart women -otherwise you might begin to smart with the silly willy indiana jones which got 3 stars and this only 2 -that was rather not so smart -never mind =get smart-go watch it

loser.

I really thnk this film deserves better than 2 star. Its quirky and ellen page adds a really intresting, funny character.

loser.

I really thnk this film deserves better than 2 star. Its quirky and ellen page adds a really intresting, funny character.