Smart People (2008) - Movie Details
|Release Date:||April 11, 2008|
|On DVD:||August 12, 2008|
|Genre:||Romance, Drama, Comedy|
|Cast:||Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Ellen Page, Ashton Holmes, Christine Lahti|
|Running Time:||93 minutes|
|MPAA Rating:||Rated R for language, brief teen drug and alcohol use, and for some sexuality|
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Review by Robert Bell
Intelligence is often mistaken for discipline. We, as a society, attribute intelligence to those in certain professions, like doctors and professors. While this certainly makes the trait more explicitly identifiable and easily defined, it's overlooking a great deal of complexity surrounding emotional and cognitive intelligence. In order to succeed in the world of academia, there is a natural acceptance of social signifiers and constructs. There is a belief in the measure of worth by one's ability to succeed given pre-determined criteria. The neuroses and naturally inquisitive nature of intelligence often conflicts with this structure as it is implicit and flawed. This is why disciplined may be a more accurate way of describing those in challenging professions, as their roles in no way imply a natural human understanding beyond those of their peers. It implies only that they excel at standardized testing, or come from a rich family. Which is not to be dismissed at all, discipline is an enviable characteristic. However, it is not intelligence.
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