Smart People (2008)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB

USA, 2008.   Miramax, Groundswell Productions, Sherazade Film Development, Visitor Pictures, Corduroy Films, TableTop Films, QED International, Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project, GEM Global Entertainment Magyar.   Screenplay by .   Cinematography by .   Produced by , , , .   Music by .   Production Design by .   Costume Design by .   Film Editing by , .   

, fattened out and shaggy, plays a curmudgeony English professor who fails to communicate with either his students or his family. A widower of some years, his strait-laced daughter () does everything with an air of judgement while his son () can never say anything without judgmental menace (mind you, Holmes was like that in A History Of Violence too, so that might just be his face). Quaid is presented with a fork in the road when a trauma-induced seizure introduces him to a beautiful doctor () who was once his student, and forces him to hire his rootless brother () as his driver. This messy film is all over the map, with characters that are neither likeable or detestable but simply there. The direction and writing are good but not polished, making the performances suffer from time to time though the entire cast is wonderful. Parker is the most believable and gives a lovely performance, while Church capitalizes beautifully on his Sideways performance.

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