Â The Basics: In the movie Smart People Dennis Quaid plays a widdowed college professor who is book smart but love stupid, he’s also pretty much the definition of arrogant. So is the rest of his family which includes his adoptive brother played by Thomas Hayden Church, his daughter played by Ellen Page and his love interest Sarah Jessica Parker.
The Good: At first I thought the chemistry would not work between Quaid and Parker but it did, in a very subtle and sometimes awkward way, which is more realistic than most movie love stories. Page though I think stole the movie, she was the best part to watch. She was quick witted, I loved the scene where she asked a girl at a bar what it was like to be stupid. I am not generally a fan of Church but he was pretty much the same character he usually is but this time to me he was a little easier to like.
The Bad: It reminds me of some other films, for some reason I couldn’t help but think of The Wonder Boys and The Squid and The Whale (which I never was able to finish). It has that very indie, dark and brooding feel to it but I still enjoyed this anyway, I may have just been in the mood for it. Also I wasn’t always quite sure where the plot was going, which may have also been the reason I stayed on to the end, to figure it all out.