Smart People (2008)

 


 

Sometimes the smartest people have the most to learn

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

Genre: Comedy,Drama,Romance

Smart People (2008)
   
Release Date: 11 April 2008 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Noam Murro
Cast:
  • Dennis Quaid
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Thomas Haden Church
  • Ellen Page
  • Ashton Holmes
  • Christine Lahti
  • Camille Mana
  • David Denman
  • Don Wadsworth
  • Robert Haley
  • Patrick Sebes
  • Kevin James Doyle
  • Paul Huber
  • Iva Jean Saraceni
  • Richard John Walters


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33 Responses to Smart People (2008)

  1. gabechillag
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    i rented this movie for $1.48. I searched through the "comedy" section and picked this one out. i did not laugh once, and neither did my viewing partner. a few chuckles arose at the sheer stupidity of the unfunny "jokes". also, it was boring and pointless. everybody sucked ass. it was like a boring english professor’s lecture on boring english professors that have boring families. i was insulted by the witless humour, and especially disappointed at seeing "sjp" (i will not trouble to spell her riduculous name) acting very much like the ugly witch that she is. she has never been in a good movie, ever. i would not have rented this movie if i knew she was in it. i just didn’t take the time to read the description thoroughly. why cant these movie people offer anything even mildly entertaining. i want to laugh, dammit! instead i want to throw a big turd at the directors and cast for wasting my time.

  2. moviecritic007
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    ***Spoilers***

    Lately with movies at my disposal (technology these days..comcast on demand, redbox, friends, blockbuster)and some extra time i have been watching a lot of movies as of late. What i have been doing more often, is watching the first 30 minutes of a movie and deciding if its worth my time. I also have a few friends which do the same. So after the 30 minutes of Smart people..

    Wow. I did not have too much pre-knowledge of this film coming in, but i must say the first 30 minutes have been highly enjoyable and the plot is set up beautifully. It feels that all the actors have found a role very much suiting their realm of acting believability – in Quaid as the older lonely intellectual with obvious social shortcomings, Parker as the romantic allure with knowledge matching that of Quaid, Page as a smart 17 year old (much more enjoyable than her juno character but short of her Hard Candy performance) and Church as the comic relief as expected. I have the feel that Page and Church will be standouts but we’ll see if Quaid can pull a fast one. All are connected to Quaid and the ground work is wonderfully set. So much so that the movie can follow several roads, all of which will generate immediate empathy. Its nice to see a movie set up perfectly and then tell its story. Very excited for the rest, check back for my final thoughts! Thanks for listening

    "May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face"

  3. markhagner-1
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    Which is the worse family The Weterhold or the Stone family?

  4. poddar-gautam
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    Could somebody provide me the script for this movie

    Movie Trailers – http://trailerpage.blogspot.com/

  5. laine_little2004
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    I think Ellen Page is a wonderful actress, and I really enjoyed both "Juno" and "Smart People." However, I’m concerned about this trend I’m noticing in both of these movies. I haven’t seen her other films, so I don’t know if it just occurs in these two, or others. But it seems like her character is always preyed on by older men. Why is pedophilia (the attraction of older people to younger underage people) something that totally has no consequence in both of these movies?

    In "Juno" the husband was divorcing his wife so he could live with Juno, who was a minor. All that happened to him was he went through with the divorce. And Juno was warned by her step-mother not to step on boundaries between married people. Why was it Juno’s responsibility? Wasn’t it also the husband’s?

    In "Smart People" the adopted uncle coerced her into smoking pot and getting drunk and when she kissed him because she was under the influence, he blamed it completely on her. He later apologizes at the end of the movie, but promptly blames it on her again. He says that it was *her* misunderstanding. He was just "being nice." He gets away with it too.

    I’m concerned that this lack of attention paid to the fact that both movies had themes of pedophilia are damaging. Is pedophilia no longer a problem in our society? Or does it only hit a nerve when it’s young children instead of teenagers?

  6. MisterNataliePortman
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    Ellen and the Uncle are talking about how her Dad keeping his dead wife’s old clothes:

    "..if we donate them to Goodwill, we get a tax write off…which is great."

    "You’re a monster."

    I rewatched this scene about three times, it makes me laugh every time.

  7. saybow69
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    This move had 4 great actors/actress`s in it and thier actin was good. Just the story of the cocky old arrogant teacher is nothing we need to see on the big screen. We have all experienced teachers or people like this. So that part of movie was not intresting at all and Ellen Page character was way over the top, as usual. Thank god for Thomas Haden Church or there wouldnt have been 1 light momment, cant even say funny momment. Usually movies with faults people, we see the change and the change is shown in last half hour of movie or so. But this movie really didnt even give us that satisfaction, maybe last 5 minutes. So like many have said, the acting was good although Quaid a little to hard to like. But either way, with this many good acters and actress`s. Expected alot better film. Alhtough Ellen Page character not much different then Juno (thought better then everyone else, cocky and acted older then she really was -immature) so dont know what was up with her taken such a familair role. But my 2 questions are, i know it showed Parker in bathroom finding out pregnant, but she jumped all over Quaid when he got home from meeting? What did he do to tick her off? Say it was hormones? But he did nothing to provoke that, dinner with publisher was reason to leave him? (Made no sense!) and dont bring up kid in airport, she pushed him away the night before that. I know her friend at hospital mentioned her issues with men also, but i thought she was more disfunctional then him, yet make him look like the bad guy all the time. Then end credits, they show another chld. who`s baby was that? Baby looked almost same age as other one. Was it her bothers? But movie just a bunch of smart people with issues. Ya im sure 2% of America can relate to issues – being pissed bout goin to Stanford or not or being too smart? Etc…. Acting good, but story stupid as *beep*

  8. dawnm5
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    I hope the weight gain was for the movie. Because he is way to hot to let himself go. :)

  9. mrjoelcairo
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    I’ve noticed that those of you who feel so inclined to spend a bunch of time and energy bashing this movie on the message board have, in the past, written positive reviews for lots of generic comic book action movies. Did you not get that this movie is, in some ways, intended as an antidote to those high budget movies? And who do you give so much leeway to those action movies (i.e., critiques like, "Well, the great thing about ACTION MOVIE X is that it didn’t take itself too seriously") and then turn around and hold Smart People accountable for every little tiny detail you could think of? It’s as if you sat around and watched the DVD 20 times in order to find things wrong with it. I was at a film fest screening of it the other day, and the audience loved it and clapped at the end. Wake up!

  10. jodi25311
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    What is the reference to the class discussion when she says the comment about singing…lets them imagine their way out of misery. Since they can’t go home they sing about home as the place where all the suffering is. Song becomes the doleful music of the miserable world they no longer occupy then they just sit around listening to it, drink their nectar…

  11. m015094
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    Carnegie Mellon for free or Stanford for $40k/year. I would chose CMU.

  12. mattm89
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    what exactly, if anything, happened between ellen pages character and the creepy uncle?

  13. FilmFigment
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    Ok wowwwww she looks so bad in this movie! it’s like they purposely have made her look horrible! her hair is flat and her roots are showing ugh! if’s shes a doctor, doesn’t she have enough money for a good dye job? and her face looks so worn out and crusty! wow it was bugging me so much! I’ve seen her look soooooo much better! I don’t get it :-/

  14. ChazzJazz
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    its like some film grad got his rich dad to bankroll this POS !!

    It was slow, boring, has no character development, no humour, its like this guy decides that he needs to make a sitcom for the screens about his boring mates and girlfriend !!

    AND FAMILY

  15. darlamaria
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    …it won’t help.

  16. Team_Victoria63010
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    I really enjoyed this song at the end of the movie..

  17. supersonic1011
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    anyone else think it was weird they had Page’s character be a Republican. She is the daughter of a frumpy, intellectual, poetry dissecting, english lit prof. who happens to be her role model. The stereotype has liberal written all over it. I would find her character more believable if she was a young Democrat.

  18. bentley-d
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    If I am not mistaken the short rift near the beginning of the movie was from Pixies Where is my Mind was not credited.

  19. iseepinkelefants
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    It wouldn’t surprise me if they were directed by the same person.

    I didn’t like Family Stone (probably because the family were such as*holes), but Dan and Smart were okay.

    "Oh Lord please help our athletes bring home the gold, enough gold so we can melt it down & buy back our economy from the Chinese" – Stephen Colbert

    George Bush in China: "Hey squinty! When do I get to see the ninjas" – Bill Maher

  20. KAnnD86
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    I enjoyed the movie right from the beginning, there were lots of funny lines, attention to detail, interesting characters. I enjoyed it even more than I was expecting to. Then it ended all of a sudden. Everything was wrapped up in a neat little bow during the last 2 minutes and that was it. It was a totally unsatisfying ending even though everything worked out and everyone was happy. I think the writer was really onto something then either got lazy and couldn’t think of a better ending or had to finish on a deadline and just tied up all the loose ends without much thought to the rest of the film. Did anyone feel the same way? I enjoyed 90% of the film, the last 10% left me disappointed.

    Tomorrow’s just your future yesterday!

  21. Johnny-Park
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    She was a freshman in college "over ten years ago?" How about over 25 years ago.


    Things are more moderner than before. San Dimas High School football rules!!!

  22. Eloron
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    Is it even possible to fail with a condom so the girl will become pregnant, I mean if there isn’t any hole in the condom or so.

  23. anak-7
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    When THC’s character persuaded EP’s character to smoke MJ in SP, what did he say in EN? I’m looking everywhere. I’ve downloaded the EN AND the SP subtitles. In the EN subtitle, it just says (Speaking Spanish). Srsly, WTF!?!?!?

    And in the SP subtitles, I thought for sure they were going to sub his speech, but during that time it was just blank!

    So can anyone find a translation for me, or just find out what he said in spanish so I can run it through Babelfish?

  24. gosciu555
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    The only good thing about this movie is that it was filmed at my AM.

  25. signalcib
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    A lot of people wrote here that Smart People was a rip-off of Wonder Boys.

    Being a native of Pittsburgh, I must say I agree.

    Wonder Boys and Smart People **Both** take place with professors at THE SAME CAMPUS–Carnegie Mellon University

    They are both WRITERS who are struggling.

    They are both unkempt and unhappy

    They both knock up their love interest

    Christ, they even live in the same architectural style house. I grew up in that neighborhood and there are other places to Film in pittsburgh if you are looking for a suburban professors’ dwelling.

    "Mimic movies" like this may work with Deep Impact and Armageddon, Tombstone and Wyatt Earp. It doesn’t mix well with Drama.

    I mean seriously—it’s practically like that horrible godawful movie Rangers with Corbin Bernsen that spliced half of Navy Seals and Invasion USA into it.

  26. coldementia
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    Just wanted to know if I should add him to the list of well known actors who grew full beards and played a sorry bastard in a smug "hip" indie film. The list so far consists of Bill Murray and Jeff Daniels. Please let me know if I missed anyone.

    We got no FOOD! We got no JOBS! Our pets’ HEADS ARE FALLIN’ OFF!

  27. Anonymous
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  28. esurient_one
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    Why does she always gotta be going after old dudes in her movies?

    Ive only seen two with her in it, and both times she made me feel like some sort of gay pedophile.

    Whats up with that?

  29. iberiaa321
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    Hello everyone

    I have a question for you and I hope you have the answer!

    I’ve been wondering what’s the meaning of the title – Smart People ?

    I just can’t figure it out..

    By the way, I saw the movie an hour ago and I kinda liked it, it was different and at the same time weird.

    Thanks in advance!

    Take care

    Allen

  30. Anonymous
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  31. jeffreymkennedy
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    Sorry, but the whole "I’m too cool for ….ANYTHING" attitude of this actress is wearing WAY thin!!!

    I think she has potential as an actrress but a word of advice: DIVERSIFY!!!! This movie was really OK but the work required to get around her was exhausting…. More Christine Lahti- LESS EP!!!

  32. Anonymous
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  33. bloodskateboard
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    He’s a really good actor taking on such a specific role of someone who’s been going through a tough time.

    but while watching i was just waiting for him to do that "cheesy" smile he did in the parent trap haha,

    it didn’t really happen.

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