Smart People : Movie Review

Big Hollywood productions aren't the only ones to rely on formula. For his feature debut, director Noam Murro has taken the safe route of enlisting the "redemption of the misanthrope" narrative. Everything one expects from such a tale is found here: the dislikeable protagonist who is gradually humanized over the course of the story, the love interest who shows him the path to salvation, and the quirky supporting characters who provide color and flavor. What is missing, however, is a reason for a viewer to become invested in anyone living within Smart People's universe. To avoid sentimentality, Murro keeps the audience at arm's length, but there's not anything sufficiently interesting about his characters to enable them to leap off the screen.

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Author : James Berardinelli