MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,139 this week

Smart People (2008)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  11 April 2008 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 19,927 users   Metascore: 57/100
Reviews: 110 user | 166 critic | 33 from Metacritic.com

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

Director:

Writer:

(as Mark Jude Poirier)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 22 titles
created 09 Oct 2011
 
OK
a list of 32 titles
created 20 Oct 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 09 Nov 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 09 Sep 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Smart People" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Smart People (2008)

Smart People (2008) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Smart People.
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In Manitoba, Hagar Shipley is nearing 90. She has little, she tells us, but her memories. Over several weeks, during which she runs away from her son and daughter-in-law who want to place ... See full summary »

Director: Kari Skogland
Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Christine Horne, Ellen Page
Touchy Feely (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother's floundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch.

Director: Lynn Shelton
Stars: Rosemarie DeWitt, Ellen Page, Josh Pais
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A hate crime on the campus of a New England college puts the school's dean (Parker) in a position where she has to examine her own feelings about race and prejudice, while maintaining her administration's politically correct policies.

Director: Mark Brokaw
Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Miranda Richardson, Victor Rasuk
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An adventurous coming-of-age story that follows young rebellious Sherry through Europe as she loses her illusions, virginity and lip ring.

Director: Alison Murray
Stars: Ellen Page, Natasha Wightman, August Diehl
Peacock (2010)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A train accident in rural Nebraska gradually unveils a mystery involving the town's bank clerk.

Director: Michael Lander
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page, Susan Sarandon
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

15-year-old Tracey Berkowitz is naked under a shower curtain at the back of a bus, looking for her little brother Sonny, who thinks he's a dog.

Director: Bruce McDonald
Stars: Ellen Page, Zie Souwand, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A day-in-the-life dark comedy concerning a group of islanders, their respective secrets, and one man's plan to kill himself quietly.

Director: Daniel MacIvor
Stars: James Allodi, Maury Chaykin, Paul Gross
Marion Bridge (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three estranged sisters reunite to care for their dying mother and old conflicts and secrets return to the surface.

Director: Wiebke von Carolsfeld
Stars: Molly Parker, Rebecca Jenkins, Stacy Smith
Whip It (2009)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.

Director: Drew Barrymore
Stars: Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Wiig
Love That Boy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young women who sets out to find a boyfriend get's more than she bargained for when she falls for a much younger boy.

Director: Andrea Dorfman
Stars: Nadia Litz, Nikki Barnett, Adrien Dixon
HBO Imagine (TV Short 2009)
Short | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Noam Murro
Stars: Mark Atteberry, Molly Brink, Byron Chung
Touch & Go (2003)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Scott Simpson
Stars: Jeffrey Douglas, Patricia Zentilli, Stephen Sharkey
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Don Wadsworth ...
...
...
...
Paul Huber ...
Ben (as Paul J. Huber)
Iva Jean Saraceni ...
Volunteer
...
Parking Lot Attendant
Edit

Storyline

Lawrence Wetherhold is miserable and misanthropic: he's a widower, a pompous professor at Carnegie Mellon, an indifferent father to a college student and a high-school senior, and the reluctant brother of a ne'er-do-well who's come to town. A seizure and a fall send Lawrence to the emergency room where the physician, a former student of his, ends up going on a date with him. His daughter, Vanessa, lonely and friendless, who's been bonding with his brother, tries to sabotage dad and the doctor's relationship, but Lawrence is good at that without help. Is there any way these smart people can get a life? Can happiness be pursued beneath layers of irony? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Sometimes the smartest people have the most to learn

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, brief teen drug and alcohol use, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

11 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Una familia genial  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£88,235 (UK) (16 May 2008)

Gross:

$9,496,882 (USA) (30 May 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Rachel Weisz was originally cast opposite Dennis Quaid in this film, but she decided to leave the project. She was then replaced with Sarah Jessica Parker. See more »

Goofs

When Lawrence is rereading Janet's old paper, he is shown reading the same page even though he had turned the page. See more »

Quotes

Vanessa Wetherhold: [in the hospital with her dad] So, what happened to your head?
Lawrence Wetherhold: [groggy] It's all a blur.
See more »

Connections

References Charlie Rose (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Q.P.D.
Written and Performed by Nuno Bettencourt
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
An Ordinary Film Thats Anthing But Ordinary
20 April 2008 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Smart People and Juno are alike in only in one way. They are both really good movies. The entire cast give great performances and this film has plenty of laughs. Thomas Haden Church and Ellen Page give sensational performances and have yet to disappoint me. The screenplay by Mark Poirier is very well written and deserves some attention that he will most likely not get. The film is very directed by newcomer Noam Nurro and any film he does its in good hands. Yeah I know thats there's a lot of films that are about ordinary people but its a plot thats never get old and always have great performances and laughs every time especially Smart People. Despite this film getting not that much praise, its a great film to see if you like those ordinary films that anything but ordinary.


37 of 58 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Pedophilia and Ellen Page's characters laine_little2004
ummmm SJP in this movie? wth? FilmFigment
Smart People : Dumb Movie davidbirl
What does the title mean ? iberiaa321
i know it's a longshot, but Ellen page for Best Supporting Actress Oscar echo20212000
To those who watch the first 30 of a movie.. moviecritic007
Discuss Smart People (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?