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Smile (2005)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama | 8 April 2005 (USA)
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High school student Katie signs up for a trip to China, where she meets Lin, who has a facial deformity that discourages her from ever showing her face, but her friendship with Katie helps her start to see life in a new way.

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Jeffrey Kramer (as Jeff Kramer)

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Jeffrey Kramer (as Jeff Kramer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mika Boorem ... Katie
Luoyong Wang ... Daniel
Yi Ding ... Lin
Beau Bridges ... Steven
Linda Hamilton ... Bridgette
Cheri Oteri ... Linda
Sean Astin ... Mr. Matthews
Shuai Chi ... Calvin
Jonathon Trent ... Ted
Erik von Detten ... Chris
Jia Song Jia Song ... Daniel's Wife
Essie Shure Essie Shure ... Brittany
Susan Chuang ... Ticket Agent
Yaojun Feng Yaojun Feng ... Conductor
Hua Zhu Hua Zhu ... James
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Storyline

Katie, a teenage girl from Malibu, California, finds herself in the throes of growing up, facing her parents, her boyfriends, her sexuality and a very privileged life. Half a world away in rural, China, Lin, born on the same day as Katie, faces a much different reality. Because of a severe facial deformity, she lives a life of fear and shame. Her father, Daniel, has devoted his life to her, with hopes and dreams that her circumstances will change one day. The opportunity comes with the discovery of the worldwide "Doctor's Gift" program. Katie volunteers and comes to China. Once there, she is deeply touched by the work, which prompts her to take off on her own to find Lin. A "smile" is brought to Lin's face, Katie finds her soul and their extraordinary connection becomes a life-changing experience for both girls. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Celebrate the Incredible Strength of Humanity. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some mature content involving teen sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | China

Language:

English | Mandarin | Spanish

Release Date:

8 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Força de um Sorriso See more »

Filming Locations:

Jingxi, China See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$32,833

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,833
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

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Vanishing Romance
Written by Joe Lervold (as Joel Evans)
Performed by Carla Helmbrecht and Joe Lervold (as Joel Evans)
Published by Mopsy Music (BMI)
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Nice Message Movie
11 August 2007 | by highlyvenemousSee all my reviews

I watched this movie on DVD with my boyfriend and I had pretty low expectations. After seeing it I would say that as message movies go, this one is not bad. Mika Boorem is good and believable....it's a shame her career hasn't gone anywhere since this. I thought the locations were really interesting and intense. Sometimes I felt like it was a little heavy-handed and its earnestness kind of got in the way of what could have been a better story if it wasn't quite so predictable.

It does make you contemplate just how fortunate we are to grow up in a place where if you're born with cleft palate or something like that, it gets fixed and you can go about your life. I think the "Operation Smile" people are doing some very good work, and this movie is part of that effort and should be respected in a way that's different than the way you would think about simple "fun" movies.


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