IBJ's "Smart" Night @ the Movies

April 7, 2008
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What did you think of "Smart People," Monday's IBJ Night at the Movies sneak preview?

Comments most welcome below.

Whether you made it or not, act now to be a part of the next one. We'll be hosting a screening of the new Al Pacino film "88 Minutes" on Wednesday, April 16. To score a free pass for two, e-mail lharry@ibj.com with "88 Minutes" in the subject line. Location and time to be announced here Tuesday. Supplies are limited, so act quickly. I'll drop you a note if you're in.

So...your thoughts on "Smart People"?
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  • SMART PEOPLE.....Is a delightfully entertaining film. An eclectic cast of characters played by wonderfully funny cast. Well worth a night out.
  • Good movie, great people story with some wonderfully funny moments. Church and Page were excellent. I was disappointed with Dennis Quaid who overplayed his part by adding too many quirks to his already quirky character.
  • I enjoyed the movie and thought it was pretty well written. I don't think they really fleshed out Janet much. I wasn't convinced as to why those two should be together - it wasn't completely there for me. She obviously had issues that they hinted at but never delved into. That said, I still really enjoyed it. I thought Church was excellent! He played that part beautifully without overacting. It was very well done, as was Ellen Page's part. She seems to be a really sharp actress and I hope we see more of her. Thanks for the passes Lou!
  • Movie very well done except a little slow moving in parts. Ellen page was wonderful. Dennis Quaid reminded me of a couple of my college professors. He portrayed his role very well. The movie dealt with the issues strongly.
  • I was disappointed with this movie. The trailer looked decent and the cast is pretty good. Yet this movie ended up being too bland. Within fifteen minutes, you can pretty much figure out how it's going to end and I don't have a problem with that as long as the journey is interesting or enjoyable. Unfortunately, our protagonist was incredibly unlikable. It wasn't because he was mean or cold to people, it was because he was boring. During the movie I kept thinking back to Jeff Daniels's character in the movie The Squid and the Whale. They are similar characters. Both are intelligent English teachers who parent their child to be similar to them. Yet I liked following Daniels's character more than Quaid because, although he was more despicable, he was better developed and a more fascinating character.

    I didn't hate the movie. I did laugh a couple times. This is just the kind of movie that I will have forgotten all the details within a couple of weeks.
  • Wonderfully funny movie! Some parts were a little slow, but the quirky characters kept things interesting. I agree with Firewomen, I didn't really feel the bond between Parker and Quaid either. Good for quite a few laughs regardless.
  • I appreciate the comp tickets to the movie. But, within the first 10 minutes I wanted to leave the theater. Save your money and wait for the dvd.
  • I also thought that this movie was pretty predictable. It was enjoyable and I thought that the best character in the movie was actually the adopted brother-in-law. Everything else felt over-acted. Still enjoyed the movie!! Thanks!
  • This movie evaluates, exposes, and challenges the imbalance of intelligence and social ineptitude in a very nice way. I found the mirroring of Quaid's destitute soul within his own daughter (Ellen Page) quite interesting. Also, how many Smart People hide behind their smarts and live a truly dreadful social life?

    My favorite character was Chuck Whetherhold (Church), his simple life and demeanor further exposed the lives displayed on screen.

    Lastly, cheers to Lou Harry and IBJ for providing a nice evening and an entertaining movie.
  • I would like to register for the April 17th movie 88 Minutes . I was not able to type in lharry@ibj.com. My computer kept giving me weird answers. Thanks
  • Church and Page make this movie worth seeing; they were wonderful. I agree that the story between Quaid and Parker was not fleshed out. I just really didn't care about their characters. The movie was entertaining. Thanks for the tickets.
  • This movie was really good. I really liked the characters and felt vested in their lives. I love Ellen Page and she did a wonderful job in this part. Thomas Hayden Church is hysterical! He really made the movie. it's a smart kind of funny that really makes you think.
    I did think it was feeling a little long towards the end, but really did enjoy the movie. Thanks!

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