Smart People 

Reviewer's grade: B

You know the drill: Cold, arrogant intellectual learns to embrace life and love. "Smart People" won't win any awards for originality, but what it lacks in unpredictability is made up for with intelligent filmmaking and an impressive cast. Dennis Quaid stars as Lawrence Wetherhold, a misanthropic college professor grieving the death of his wife.

His contempt for humanity starts to thaw when he inches toward romance with an ER doctor (Sarah Jessica Parker, TV's "Sex and the City"). Meanwhile, the prof' s equally brilliant but insufferable daughter (Ellen Page, "Juno") loosens up a bit when Lawrence's ne'er-do-well brother (Thomas Haden Church, "Sideways") shows up.

The movie marks the feature debut for director Noam Murro, a maker of commercials who wisely foregoes the visual snappiness of advertising. Instead, he and screenwriter Mark Poirier focus on creating complex, flawed and funny characters. "Smart People" falls short of greatness, but smart moviegoers could do much worse. R

"?Phil Bacharach

Pin It
Favorite

Tags: ,

More by OKG Archives

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Lyric's Grease @ Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School

Close Encounters: Western Wildlife @ National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Close Encounters: Western Wildlife @ National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

View all of today's events »

© 2021 Oklahoma Gazette / Tierra Media Inc. All rights reserved.
REPRODUCTION OF CONTENT IN ANY MANNER WITHOUT PERMISSION IS PROHIBITED.
TO OBTAIN PERMISSION, CONTACT US

Powered by Foundation