“You have no idea what’s going on, do you?”

July 6, 2009

Despite what the titles says, not all of these people are "smart."

Despite what the titles says, not all of these people are "smart."

It’s been a while since I’ve rented a movie, and this blog deserves a little constructive film criticism. I took the marketing bait and rented Smart People because it is to Ellen Page and Juno what Rounders was to Matt Damon and Good Will Hunting. What on Earth do you do with the potential energy of Oscar success? Well, if you’re Miramax, you harness that beloved red-nosed reindeer of the “Best Original Screenplay” to another film and see if you can re-create the Christmas Eve magic. Well, I couldn’t finish Rounders and I really shouldn’t have stuck out Smart People.

Smart People isn’t predictable, but it’s certainly not original. It’s not bland, but it damned sure isn’t particularly funny. It’s edgy, though. I will give it that. Quite literally, you’ll be hard pressed to find a smooth edge anywhere in this film. Interpersonal conflict basically forms the skeleton of the story, with tendons of bitter self-loathing. Actually, watching this film made me want to drink a bottle of wine in my underwear and harass everyone on my cell-phone contacts list at 2:30 AM while listening to Alanis Morissette cranked up to 11.

If have a positive self-image and functional relationships, and would like the equivalent of a Vulcan mildmeld into the world of the lonely and desperate, enjoy Smart People.

Oh, and hurrah to National Blog Posting Month 2009.

Jay: Miramax? I thought they only did classy pictures, like “The Piano” and “The Crying Game.”
Brodie: Yeah, but then they made “She’s All That” and it went downhill from there.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: