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At Theaters: 4/11/2008 On Video: 8/12/2008
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 35 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 519950
Studio: Miramax Pictures Inc.
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Lawrence Wethrehold is a widowed, acerbic and self-absorbed literature professor who has alienated his son and turned his daughter into an overachieving, friendless teen. He falls for Janet, one of his former students, while at the same time his ne'er-do-well brother unexpectedly shows up at this door, triggering in him the need to change and reconnect with his family before he can make any steps forward in his life.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Comedy (Dark) Romantic - This is a somewhat dark comedy aimed at older viewers and fans of star Dennis Quaid. Fans of Sarah Jessica Parker and Ellen Page may be disappointed by their fairly limited screen time.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Dennis Quaid THE EXPRESS, VANTAGE POINT, AMERICAN DREAMZ
Sarah Jessica Parker SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE, FAILURE TO LAUNCH
Thomas Haden Church NOWHERELAND, SPIDERMAN 3, SIDEWAYS
Ellen Page JUNO
Director: Noam Murro Feature Film Directorial Debut
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Production Notes Heading
About The Genesis Of Smart People
Playing Smart
Family Smarts
Smart People In Love
Land Of The Smart
About The Music
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 5 F-word, 7 S-words, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex, unrelated nudity.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, pot.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Comic banter; drug humor.
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Critic's Review Heading

Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average Those who find comfort in competently made but overly familiar stories may enjoy what Smart People have to offer. For me, it was too thin to truly satisfy.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average Though the principals are so appealing with their smart, comical exchanges, the film's forced situations keep it from being the clever, engaging tale it aspires to be.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 99 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (F)
2
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
3
About 50/50
67%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
4
About 50/50
75%
30+Adults (M)
33
Fairly Low
79%
30+Adults (F)
57
Fairly Low
88%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 99 moviegoers:
TEENS:Only a couple of females. One loved it and one thought it was good/average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Only a few in this age group. Most enjoyed it, at least to some degree.
ADULTS: A little less than half of the males and females enjoyed "Smart People" very much. About half rated it as a good/average movie. Twenty percent or so rated it below average. These are decent reviews but not great. A lower priced matinee may be a wise choice.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Professor Lawrence Wetherhold (DENNIS QUAID) might be imperiously brilliant, monumentally self-possessed and an intellectual giant – but when it comes to solving the conundrums of love and family, he's as downright flummoxed as the next guy. His collegiate son (ASHTON HOLMES) won't confide in him, his teenaged daughter (ELLEN PAGE) is an acid-tongued overachiever who follows all too closely in dad's misery-loving footsteps, and his adopted, preposterously ne'er-do-well brother (THOMAS HADEN CHURCH) has perfected the art of freeloading. A widower who can't seem to find passion in anything anymore, not even the Victorian Literature in which he's an expert, it seems Lawrence is sleepwalking through a very stunted middle age. When his brother shows up unexpectedly for an extended stay at just about the same time as he accidentally encounters his former student Janet (SARAH JESSICA PARKER), the circumstances cause him to stir from his deep, deep freeze, with often comical, sometimes heartbreaking, consequences for himself and everyone around him.
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