by Bentley, published on May 5, 2008 at 11:43PM|
Smart People actually managed to get itself lampooned by some some critics but I found a certain charm in it that was hard to resist. I love eccentric characters and here we have two of the best with Dennis Quaid as the grumpy father who hasn't dated for years and Ellen Page putting in yet another great performance - this time as the overachieving Young Republican daughter.
The problem with the film I guess is the whole inclusion of the romantic comedy elements. It might have been better as a straight down the line dramedy - but alas it wasn't to be.
Anyway.. back to the good stuff. Dennis Quaid does a great job of playing the emotionally bereft English professor who can't remember the names of his students - even if they have done multiple courses with him. He just doesn't care to engage. He plays a pedant who is emotionally scared, self protective and wears his cynicism like a badge of honour. Equally good is Page as his daughter Vanessa. She is equally emotionally disconnected - having no friends and being one wisecrack after another. Perhaps that is why I identified with her so well.
So can this widower get his groove back when he meets former student, now doctor (Sarah Jessica Parker) at the hospital and asks her on a date? You'll have to watch it to find out.
And it is well worth watching.