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[影片快递] 【整理】2008-06-01 Smart People 聪明人

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“…and the guy chased me, I can’t defense, sort of blur”

“Question now, if I don’t get the perfect score, as least I have someone to blame.”

Smart People is a new comedy directed by Noam Murro, from a script by Mark Poirier. Its impressive cast includes Thomas Haden Church, Sarah Jessica Parker and Junos Ellen Page, but it’s all really anchored by Dennis Quaid who plays a middle-aged English professor at Carnegie Mellon(卡耐基梅隆大学) in Pittsburgh.

 “I, I reread your essay, and, at first, I considered giving it a higher grade, but then I decided there’s some**”

He’s a widower with two grown children and he is a first-class contrarian and curmudgeon.

 “I should have been a more diplomatic and less * professor…”

Character’s name is Lawrence Wetherhold. He teaches Victorian literature. He's sharping around an unpublishable manuscriptattacking every other school of critical thought in the universe, and he's just basically a grouchy contrarian guy.

 “I haven’t been on a date in a while, …”

He has two grown children, one of them who lives with him, his daughter a high school senior, played by Ellen Page.

 “I’m gonna say you’re a perfect housewife, I mean daughter.”

“Oh, yes, if by perfect you mean not retarded/suffering from insurrounable credit card debt, then, yes, I’m indeed perfect.”

One day, his adopted brother, Chuk, that’s Thomas Haden Church, shows up to sleep on his couch, try to borrow money, and just generally being a nuisance.

 “I’m among the low in cash right now...”

Also complicating Lawrence’s life are the romance that he strikes up with his former student who is now an Emergency Room doctor. She’s played by Sarah Jessica Parker.

“Hi!”

“You’re the doctor girlfriend, right?”

“You’re the adopted brother, right?”

 

Now the real charm of this movie is that the plot – it doesn’t really matter as much as the characters. It’s a wonderful collection of highly idiosyncratic, mildly ridiculous but very real and ultimately very touching and sympathetic people.

 

And part of the point of Smart People is that, no matter how smart you are or think you are, you could still have trouble navigating the most basic decisions and choices in your life. And no matter how far or long in life you get, you still face these basic questions, how are you gonna act, who are you gonna be, how are you gonna relate to the people around you, what is happiness gonna consist of you.

 

And what makes this movie, I think, unusually rich and subtle is that it faces these questions without predetermined answers, without a lot of sentimentality.

“Don’t forget, I’m sorry, I love you!”             

 With a real feel for how people act and talk and behave around each other.

“I love you too, man.”

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