Smiley Face (film)


Smiley Face (film)

infobox film
name=Smiley Face


caption=Promotional movie poster for the film
director=Gregg Araki
writer=Dylan Haggerty
producer=Henry Winterstern
starring=Anna Faris
John Krasinski
Danny Masterson
Adam Brody
distributor= First Look Pictures
released= flagicon|US January 21, 2007 (Sundance Film Festival)
runtime=
language=English
budget=
imdb_id=0780608

"Smiley Face" is a 2007 comedy film. It is the ninth feature film directed by Gregg Araki and was written by Dylan Haggerty.

Plot

A young actress (Faris) and hopeless pothead inadvertently ingests her roommate's pot-laced cupcakes, and then attempts to manage her day as it goes awry through a series of misadventures.

Cast

*Anna Faris as Jane F.
*John Krasinski as Brevin
*Roscoe Lee Browne as Himself
*Jane Lynch as Casting Director
*Danny Masterson as Steve the Roomate
*Adam Brody as Steve the Dealer
*Marion Ross as Shirley
*Michael Hitchcock as Laundry room man
*John Cho as Mikey
*Danny Trejo as Albert
*Richard Riehle as Mr. Spencer
*Natasha Williams as Girl on Motorcycle
*Carrot Top as Himself
*Brian Posehn as Bus Driver
*Dave "Gruber" Allen as Guy at Venice Hemp Festival

Production

The film was once titled "Mary Warner"Fact|date=December 2007 and Winona Ryder was attached to star,Fact|date=December 2007 but that incarnation fell apart and the film was retitled with a new cast and director.Fact|date=December 2007

Reception

"Smiley Face" premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and received by a very small release where in Los Angeles it had a week long run at the Nuart Theatre in Santa Monica.cite news | last = Campbell | first = Christopher | coauthors = | title = Araki's "Smiley Face" Goes Straight to DVD | work = Cinematical | pages = | language = | publisher = | date = September 26, 2007 | url = http://indie.cinematical.com/2007/09/26/arakis-smiley-face-goes-straight-to-dvd/ | accessdate = 2008-08-30 ] The film was released to DVD on January 8, 2008.cite news | last = Carroll | first = Larry | coauthors = | title = "Smiley Face" Turns Into A Frown: Anna Faris Comedy Going Straight To DVD | work = MTV News | pages = | language = | publisher = | date = September 26, 2007 | url = http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1570507/20070925/story.jhtml | accessdate = 2008-08-30 ] It also toured around British cinemas in summer 2008 as part of the 22nd London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

In his review for the "New York Times", Matt Zoller Seitz praised Faris' "freakishly committed performance as Jane F. [that] suggests Amy Adams’s princess from "Enchanted" dropped into a Cheech and Chong movie".cite news | last = Seitz | first = Matt Zoller | coauthors = | title = Sunshine Daydream, With Pointed Point of View | work = New York Times | pages = | language = | publisher = | date = December 26, 2007 | url = http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/26/movies/26smil.html?_r=1&ref=movies&oref=slogin | accessdate = 2008-08-30 ] writes in his review for "Salon", "Smiley Face", has a wonderful performance by Anna Faris and one of the all-time great stoner monologues in movie history".cite news | last = O'Hehir | first = Andrew | coauthors = | title = Beyond the Multiplex | work = Salon.com | pages = | language = | publisher = | date = January 23, 2007 | url = http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/review/2007/01/23/sundance_3/index1.html | accessdate = 2008-08-30 ] In her review for "Cinematical", Monika Bartyzel writes, "Araki's comedy gives us the best of many comedic worlds in an incessantly funny, easily-quotable serving. From discussions of Marxism to love of lasagna, "Smiley Face" serves it all - with some weed and a very, very stoned smile".cite news | last = Bartyzel | first = Monika | coauthors = | title = TIFF Review: "Smiley Face" | work = Cinematical | pages = | language = | publisher = | date = September 16, 2007 | url = http://indie.cinematical.com/2007/09/16/tiff-review-smiley-face/ | accessdate = 2008-08-30 ] However, S. James Snyder, in his review for the "New York Sun", wrote, "If this is meant as a lighthearted change of pace for Mr. Araki, after "Mysterious Skin", then perhaps he took things too far in the opposite direction. This isn't just light and fluffy; it floats away".cite news | last = Snyder | first = S, James | coauthors = | title = This Is Your Movie on Drugs | work = New York Sun | pages = | language = | publisher = | date = December 26, 2007 | url = http://www.nysun.com/arts/this-is-your-movie-on-drugs/68563/ | accessdate = 2008-08-30 ]

References

External links

*imdb title|id=0780608|title=Smiley Face
*amg movie|id=1:346919|title=Smiley Face
*rotten-tomatoes|id=smiley_face|title=Smiley Face
*metacritic film|id=smileyface|title=Smiley Face
*mojo title|id=smileyface|title=Smiley Face


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