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I Smile Back (2015)

R | | Drama | 6 November 2015 (USA)
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Laney Brooks does bad things. Married with kids, she takes the drugs she wants, sleeps with the men she wants, disappears when she wants. Now, with the destruction of her family looming, ... See full summary »

Director:

Adam Salky

Writers:

Paige Dylan, Amy Koppelman (based on the book by) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Charles ... Bruce Brooks
Skylar Gaertner ... Eli Brooks
Shayne Coleman ... Janey Brooks
Sarah Silverman ... Laney Brooks
Nick Taylor ... Guard
Mia Barron ... Susan
Thomas Sadoski ... Donny
Sean Reda Sean Reda ... Henry
Cynthia Darlow ... Mrs. Kosinski
Kristin Griffith ... Nurse Pauline
Terry Kinney ... Dr. Page
Clark Jackson ... Mr. Odesky
Brian Koppelman ... David Blackman
Emma Ishta ... Katrina
Oona Laurence ... Daisy
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Storyline

Laney Brooks does bad things. Married with kids, she takes the drugs she wants, sleeps with the men she wants, disappears when she wants. Now, with the destruction of her family looming, and temptation everywhere, Laney makes one last desperate attempt at redemption.

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Taglines:

Love desperately, live recklessly.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, substance abuse/disturbing behavior, and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bakip Gülümserim See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$495,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,758, 25 October 2015

Gross USA:

$58,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,373
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

School scenes were filmed at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bruce Brooks: [multiple times in the movie] Rise and shine beautiful!
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Soundtracks

Song For A Dry State
Written and Performed by Roadside Graves
Published by War and Oates (SESAC)
Courtesy of Autumn Tone Records
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An incomplete narrative - it goes nowhere
29 January 2017 | by bopdogSee all my reviews

I'm a fan if Sarah Silverman. I do see her boldness, and spirit of "going for it" in this performance. However, I am disappointed to say that the movie doesn't go anywhere, or do anything. There isn't really a "story" in the sense of a narrative, with a beginning, middle, and end - even an artsy, unconventional, or avant-garde beginning, middle, and end.

This movie just lays there, static. It's really just a tiny snapshot of a sad and profoundly dysfunctional life, albeit an impactful and striking snapshot. While the dysfunction was portrayed accurately and with some skill, we need more.

It's like showing us a photo of a close-up of some water, and saying "Behold - the mighty Mississippi!" One would need to show more to convey riverness. Or, to expand the corny analogy theme further (sorry), it's like a one-note waltz. That might be a GREAT note! But to be a waltz, you need three notes.


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