Commercial director Noam Murro makes the leap to feature films with this comedy drama concerning an aging professor-turned-bitter eccentric due to the death of his longtime wife. Ever since his wife passed away, Lawrence Wetherhold (Dennis Quaid) has become overly acerbic and self-absorbed. He's alienated his son (Ashton Holmes) and transformed his daughter (Ellen Page) into a friendless overachiever. Now, at the precise moment Lawrence thought he had finally figured it all out, his life comes crashing down all around him as he falls for a former student (Sarah Jessica Parker) and his shiftless adopted brother (Thomas Haden Church) comes knocking on the door in search of a place to stay. Though Lawrence always relied on his intelligence to get him out of life's little jams in the past, it's going to take quite a bit more than intellectual thinking to move past this sticky stage in his suddenly chaotic life. David Denman and Christine Lahti co-star in this romantic comedy drama, which serves as the screenwriting debut of Goats and Modern Ranch Living author Mark Jude Poirier. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Burbank, Calif. :Miramax Films :2008
Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment,
(Motion picture producer)
Poirier, Mark Jude.
Parker, Sarah Jessica.
Church, Thomas Haden.
Page, Elliot, 1987-
Table Top Films.
Buena Vista Home Entertainment (Firm)
Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Ellen Page, Ashton Holmes.
Director of photography, Toby Irwin ; editors, Robert Frazen, Yana Gorskaya ; music, Nuno Bettencourt ; costume designer, Amy Westcott ; production designer, Patti Podesta.
MPAA rating: R; (Restricted; under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian) for language, brief teen drug and alcohol use, and for some sexuality.
In English with optional subtitles in French or Spanish; with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH).
Title from container.
Special features: deleted scenes; The smartest people - interviews with filmmakers and cast; not so smart - bloopers/outtakes; feature commentary by filmmaker Noam Murro and writer Mark Jude Poirier.
DVD; region 1, NTSC; widescreen (2.35:1) presentation, enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Dolby digital 5.1 surround sound.
1 videodisc (approximately 95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.