Smart People

Rated R 93 minutes 2008

Extra-folksy light relationship drama makes good use of its cast –- Dennis Quaid as a grumpy university English lit professor in need of love; Thomas Haden Church as his amiably unemployed adopted brother; Ellen (Juno) Page as the prof’s bright but emotionally needy daughter; Sarah Jessica Parker as the prof’s girlfriend, a doctor who straightens everything out. Mark Jude Poirier’s dialogue doesn’t exactly oust The Royal Tenenbaums or The Squid and the Whale, but this family-go-round sitcom is a lot more accessible, thanks to the sweetness director Noam Murro spreads around (93 min.).

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Official Site: www.smartpeople-themovie.com

Director: Noam Murro

Writer: Mark Poirier

Producer: Bill Block, Michael Costigan, Bridget Johnson, Michael London and Bruna Papandrea

Cast: Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Page, Thomas Haden Church, Ashton Holmes, Christine Lahti, Camille Mana, David Denman, Barret Hackney and Amanda Jane Cooper

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