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Smart People (2008)

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

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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>

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Sometimes the smartest people have the most to learn

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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11 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Una familia genial  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,092,465, 13 April 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,496,882, 1 June 2008
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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 and Janet are in bed he asks her a question and she moves her arm above her head. The shot switches and while she's answering her arm is down at her side. After she answers she again lifts it up. See more »

Quotes

Chuck Wetherhold: It's kind of a win-win situation.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ellen Page/Wilco (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is Your Life
Written by Nuno Bettencourt and Gary Cherone
Performed by Nuno Bettencourt and Suze DeMarchi
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Forget the cast and enjoy the story
14 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

Many people here started with the cast and unavoidable and unfortunate references to Juno. Well... so am I... Anyway, I think that bringing very well known actors into the film carried expectations in the wrong direction. The real hero here is the story, not any particular character.

You have this emotionally withdrawn university professor who no one likes and is a jerk to anyone just because he is still hurt inside by the death of his wife. His daughter is trying to clone him as much as possible while the brother went rebellious. What else can fix this dysfunctional family but love?

There is nothing flashy about the performances, but then again, it shouldn't be, given the plot. The ending is not something one can really spoil, you can see it coming a long way. The comedic part is not very funny, because it wasn't supposed to be a funny story. So in the end you are left with the story, which is something one can and must feel in order to enjoy the movie.

I think the best quote in the movie was "You sound like a stupid motivational speaker!". It perfectly describes the movie, as a story anyone thinks they've heard before, but that itself doesn't make it less real or true.


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