Smart People delivers, but it's not for all people
I really enjoyed this film! I know a lot of people out there bashed it, but I think it appeals to certain type of person. I can relate to most of the characters because I have friends that are similar to Vanessa and Lawrence Wetherhold (played by Ellen Page and Dennis Quaid respectively).
The film has a smartass witty sense of humor to it, and I often found myself laughing at things that no one else seemed to get. If you are not careful you will walk out of the theater feeling and acting very negative.
The group I went to see this film, some liked it and some just didn't get it. A friend asked me why all the characters seemed to gravitate to Dennis Quaid's characters. Vanessa was his daughter and he was her role model and she was around him all the time. So naturally she took on most of his non-charming characteristics. But, she was like Dr. Hartigan (Sarah Jessica Parker). They both appear to me to be "fixers." They see a problem in someone's life and try to fix it. I thought the two characters were very similar.
Anyway, to make a long rambling review short, if you enjoy a witty humor you should check out Smart People. Or, if you just want to feel better about the family you have check it out too. I guarantee you you'll more than likely feel better, lol. :)