Friday, 21 August 2009

Smart People


Smart People stars Dennis Quaid as Professor Lawrence Wetherhold - an imperiously brilliant, monumentally self-possessed intellectual giant. However when it comes to solving problems relating to love and family, he's completely lost!

His teenaged daughter (Ellen Page) is an acid-tongued overachiever who follows in her father's misery-loving footsteps, whilst his adopted brother (Thomas Haden Church) has perfected the art of freeloading. 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.

I enjoyed this movie. It's not brilliant but it is watchable and funny and a few of the characters are nicely played. There is also a few narks with the storyline. I still find it unbelievable that Sarah Jessica Parker's character would have went on a second date with Dennis Quaid's and Ellen Page's actions at first toward her father contradict the way she obviously feels about him. Ellen Page again has put in another great performance, she has a wonderful fun loving glint in her eye that betrays the icy young Republican student character she plays- best thing about the movie. Definitely worth a look!
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