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Commercial director Noam Murro makes the leap to feature films with this comedy drama concerning an aging professor-turned-bitter eccentric due to the death of his longtime wife. Ever since his wife passed away, Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) has become overly acerbic and self-absorbed. He's alienated his son (Ashton Holmes) and transformed his daughter (Ellen Page) into a friendless overachiever. Now, at the precise moment Lawrence thought he had finally figured it all out, his life comes crashing down all around him as he falls for a former student (Sarah Jessica Parker) and his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

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"So much good work must not go overlooked. I just loved this movie because it's witty, intellectual without being pretentious, and filled with characters who are logically stressed and anxious to connect to a world outside of themselves."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"Good acting, nice smart script."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Doesn't exactly oust The Royal Tenenbaums or The Squid and the Whale, but this family-go-round sitcom is a lot more accessible."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"It's so well-made, so well-acted and so impressively (for lack of a better word) smart that anyone who seeks it out will find something to admire and enjoy in its craft and heart."
‑ James Rocchi, Cinematical
"Cutesy early and then becomes more complicated."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"Smart People is an indie film that plays the (jangle, jangle) same chords (strum, strum) as a lot of other heartfelt comedies about too-wise children and codgers taking humanity lessons."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"[A] middling romantic comedy."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Noam Murro's direction follows a sitcom blueprint"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Smarter than your average romantic comedy it may be, but this family-dysfunction indie is playing it a bit safe."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"All atmosphere and no plot makes Smart People a dull watch."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"In his first film as director, Noam Murro creates moments of comic disconnection, relieved by minuscule surges of warmth. He's very precise; he has a nice touch."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"The excellent script for Smart People is the work of Mark Jude Poirier, a fiction writer who has clearly spent enough time around English departments to have studied the tribal ways of the literary professoriate with ethnographic rigor."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Smart People is a film of chuckles about smart but chuckle-headed people."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"Award-winning commercial director Noam Murro helms a fine cast playing all-too-familiar roles."
‑ Susan Tavernetti, Palo Alto Weekly
"... a deadly dull narrative about four depressed stereotypes who spend an hour and a half going from unhappy to slightly less unhappy."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
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