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Smart People (2008)

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

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Noam Murro

Writer:

Mark Poirier (as Mark Jude Poirier)
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Lawrence Wetherhold
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Janet Hartigan
Thomas Haden Church ... Chuck Wetherhold
Ellen Page ... Vanessa Wetherhold
Ashton Holmes ... James Wetherhold
Christine Lahti ... Nancy
Camille Mana ... Missy
David Denman ... William
Don Wadsworth Don Wadsworth ... Hadley
Robert Haley ... Roth
Patrick Sebes ... Curtis
Kevin James Doyle Kevin James Doyle ... Rodney
Paul Huber Paul Huber ... Ben (as Paul J. Huber)
Iva Jean Saraceni Iva Jean Saraceni ... Volunteer
Richard John Walters ... Parking Lot Attendant
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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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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 »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una familia genial See more »

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

In the bar scene in the middle of the film, there is a song overdubbed. When you turn the subtitles on, the lyrics are displayed and prefaced by "Man:". However, a woman is singing. See more »

Quotes

Vanessa Wetherhold: Theresa Sternbridge practically runs a soup kitchen and she's always seen posing in photos with crack babies and dying, old, crusty ladies. And do you know why? She scored in the 45th percentile on her SAT. People like you and me don't need to compensate.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.86 (2010) See more »

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Nothing But Trouble
Written by Nuno Bettencourt
Performed by Population One (as Population 1)
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Crassly opportunistic! It's clear now why they had not released this film before: it's mediocre and depressing.
29 April 2008 | by bopdogSee all my reviews

This movie was made before "Juno," but remained on the shelf. It is clear now why--- it's just not very good. Ellen Page's Oscar nomination, and her incredible performance in "Juno" got some studio to do some thinking. "Aha!" they probably thought,"Here's a way to cash in her new found fame, and unload this turkey." The studio peeps were, in fact very smart people. The movie, however, is rather dull and depressed.

It was interesting to hear Page's perky "smart alec" voice in a character she played before "Juno." It indicates that much of what she showed us in "Juno" was HER, and not mere dialogue or direction.

Alas, the characters in "Smart People," especially Dennis Quaid's, were scruffy dim-bulbs, and not very pleasant, not admirable, nor watchable.

Bottom line, this clunker had sat unreleased and in the warehouse for a reason. It's not pure rubbish, but it comes mighty close. Its release now is pure commercial opportunism. Avoid it if you can!


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