Smart People

Smart People

DVD - 2008
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Lawrence Wetherhold is a recently widowed literature professor who is a numb and chilly intellectual. He rebuffs his students, ignores his own teenage children, James and Vanessa, and spurns cries for financial assistance from his ne'er-do-well but rather soulful adopted brother, Chuck. After an accident and Lawrence goes to the hospital, he is deprived of the right to drive. Janet is a physician and former student of Lawrence who remembers her disappointment in him as a teacher and role model. But, Janet and Lawrence become romantically involved. Meanwhile, Chuck and Vanessa try to come to terms with each other and prove that their relationship is another sign that the Wetherhold clan has become far too insular and self-referential.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Miramax Home Entertainment : Buena Vista Home Entertainment, c2008
ISBN: 9780788885822
0788885820
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Catmamakim Apr 26, 2015

An interesting rendering of a dysfunctional family. Surprising interactions among family members seem almost unrealistic. None of the characters are particularly likeable. However the movie is somewhat witty with dry humour that afforded me a chuckle. By the way I have never seen Dennis Quaid cast in such an unappealing manner, it was a definately a disappointment.

love_my_library_card Sep 10, 2013

Bleh. When did Dennis Quaid start doing Jack Nicholson impersonations as character development?

debra_759 Jan 19, 2012

this movie was dry -- witty, but fell short of even low expectations, thnkfully it only an hour & a half long...

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rslade
Oct 29, 2011

Not particularly memorable. Some good lines, great individual performances, but no chemistry and one would expect better from this cast if only there were a plot you could care about.

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RobEreToll
Oct 23, 2011

I think I was expecting a comedy since the mix of actors in this movie would make for a good dry comedy. It is a very relate-able story of a dysfunctional family. However it is also very boring, the humour is dry and very sparse.
The title makes me think of "Funny People"... with which I think I had the same experience.

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bdls206
Oct 21, 2011

I thought this was a well put together, well scripted, and wonderfully acted movie. All the actors have fantastic chemistry and the story is quite refreshing in this time of regurgitated Hollywood dribble. I would recommend this to fans of smarter dark comedies.

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britprincess1
Apr 13, 2011

An utter disappointment. Such a decent cast as this one offered so much potential for laughter, but it was a butchered mess with very little to applaud. Boring and awkward with unlikable characters. I definitely don't recommend.

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CalicoJack
Dec 22, 2009

I rather enjoyed this well scripted dramedy about gifted people trying to develop relationships with one another & recover from loss in refreshingly wry, quirky, & awkward ways. Worth watching at least once for its original, if brief, Christmas sequence.

nadian Aug 20, 2009

It wasn't until the last half hour of this film that I started to warm up to any of the characters. Intelligence is valuable, but it isn't everything. Unfortunately the comedy of this movie was not enough to keep me "glued" for the first hour, so I found myself rather bored and uninterested. While I was unimpressed with Dennis Quaid's performance, Ellen Page was very good.

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joseph
Jan 09, 2009

Good - Smart People (2007) starring Dennis Quaid, Ellen Page, Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Hayden Church. Could one ever be so smart for their own good? This picture provides a taste when one is too smart that one forgets humility and compassion in place of self-absorbsion and self-merit. In the end, without humility, connection between one's fellow man is limited to nods and trivial chatter. Parker plays a doctor who tries to find the human side of Dennis Quaid; Ellen is the daughter that is following in her father's [Dennis'] footsteps in terms of social connection. And Thomas Hayden, Dennis' step brother, is the guy that tries to show them what it means to be human in his own comical way. Ellen is her excellent self in this; Quaid plays a crass miserable professor to his finest. I really liked this film; lots of good messages and a satisfying conclusion.

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bdls206
Oct 21, 2011

Vanessa Wetherhold: You should really make your bed. It sets the tone for the day.
Chuck Wetherhold: But, how do you know what tone I was trying to set?

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bdls206
Oct 21, 2011

Chuck Wetherhold: These children haven't been properly parented in many years. They're practically feral. That's why I was brought in.

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bdls206
Oct 21, 2011

Vanessa Wetherhold: [drunk] What's it like... to be stupid?
Brooke: What's it like sitting by yourself at lunch every day?
Vanessa Wetherhold: It sucks.

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bdls206
Oct 21, 2011

Lawrence Wetherhold: Why would you have a baby with me?
Janet Hartigan: Because you don't know how to properly use a condom.
Lawrence Wetherhold: Message received.

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bdls206
Oct 21, 2011

Chuck Wetherhold: [to Lawrence] You spend $50 on dinner, that's grounds for intercourse.

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bdls206
Oct 21, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Oct 21, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

nadian Aug 20, 2009

Sexual Content: Language, implied off screen, and one brief moment.

nadian Aug 20, 2009

Coarse Language: Adult language used a few times.

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bdls206
Oct 21, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

nadian Aug 20, 2009

nadian thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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bdls206
Oct 21, 2011

Into the life of a widowed professor comes a new love and an unexpected visit from his adopted brother.

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