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Smart People

Rating:R (for language, brief teen drug and alcohol use, and for some sexuality)
Genre:Comedy, Drama, Romance
Release Date:April 11, 2008
Running time:93 minutes
Cast:Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Page, Thomas Haden Church, Ashton Holmes
Director:Noam Murro
Producer:Bill Block, Michael Costigan, Bridget Johnson, Michael London, Bruna Papandrea
Writer:Mark Poirier
Distributor:Miramax Films

Description: Professor Lawrence Wetherhold might be imperiously brilliant, monumentally self-possessed and an intellectual giant--but when it comes to solving the conundrums of love and family, he's as downright flummoxed as the next guy. His teenaged daughter is an acid-tongued overachiever who follows all too closely in dad's misery-loving footsteps, and his adopted, preposterously ne'er-do-well brother has perfected the art of freeloading. A widower who can't seem to find passion in anything anymore, not even the Victorian literature in which he's an expert, it seems Lawrence is sleepwalking through a very stunted middle age. When his brother shows up unexpectedly for an extended stay at just about the same time as he accidentally encounters his former student, the circumstances cause him to stir from his deep, deep freeze, with often comical, sometimes heartbreaking, consequences for himself and everyone around him.

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