Smart People is an upcoming American comedy film starring Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker and Ellen Page. The film was directed by Noam Murro and written by Mark Poirier. North American distribution rights were acquired by Miramax Films. The film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and is scheduled to be released on April 11, 2008. The film centers around the relationships between widowed English professor Lawrence Wetherhold (Quaid) and his son and daughter. The children are students at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where their father is on the faculty. Lawrence Wetherhold becomes bitter after the death of his wife. He becomes involved in a romantic relationship with Janet (Parker), a doctor and former student.
In "Smart People," Dennis Quaid, his handsomeness distorted and obscured by stooped shoulders, a sagging belly and wayward facial hair, plays Lawrence Wetherhold, an English professor at Carnegie Mellon whose general unpleasantness seems less li more