I'm not a pothead, and I don't watch pothead movies. So a story about a girl who gets stoned, and then gets even more stoned wouldn't normally grab me. But film festivals put you in a situation where you watch movies that wouldn't normally interest you. Usually, that's a disaster, but in the case of "Smiley Face," I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised."Smiley Face" gives us one of the most lovable protagonists I've ever seen in a movie. Jane Ana Faris is high the entire movie, even in flashbacks, and thus is happy and childlike just <more>
about every time we see her except when she's paranoid . Most movie characters would breeze through the minor conflicts Jane has to face, but her pot-induced mental disability turns cooking butter into a nearly impossible task. And that's part of what makes her so endearing.
Really Funny! Made me laugh throughout! (by whynotemailme)
I can't believe there are so many negative reviews for this film. I guess it's either you love it, or hate it.Personally this was a comic portrayal of pot use and it's not supposed to be taken as seriously as some of the reviewers have made it seem. Jane Anna Faris did a great job being blissfully stoned throughout the movie. She made good use of all the stoner stereotypes and I loved the expressions that she used throughout the movie.There were quite a few comic moments throughout the film that I'm sure a stoner could relate to. There was no storyline, but it also <more>
doesn't need one! I mean seriously, stoner's don't have an elaborate storyline in real life, why would they have one in a movie about stoners!? It was just good brainless entertainment!
I know a lot of people didn't like this film, but I found it super funny. Anna Farris was hilarious, although I did want to see more of Adrian Brody, and Danny Matterson. Chances are if you smoke pot or have ever been really really high, or took shrooms or ate weed brownies and kinda tripped out, you will get a kick out of this movie.I watched it and thought it was so funny I made my friends watch it with me and they loved it too.This movie was good as hell.Go watch it!
I don't get it either (by ursula_kammert)
I don't get it either, how many people here didn't like the movie.I guess it just confirms my theory, that the worse a movie is rated, the better I find it.THe acting was great. I laughed almost the entire movie. Maybe the people that didn't understand it, should eat some cannabis and then see what happens.To say it is boring is complete nonsense. Just because there are no explosions, 3000000 dead people or stupid jokes like in Half Baked which by the way is really boring doesn't mean a film is bad. The timing and synchronization ? of the pictures and musical/sound <more>
effects, the cuts and the atmosphere are very well presented in my opinion. And there's a lot of effort with different camera shots. A great scene is when Jane comese out of the bath when brevins adoration is explained and Jane/Anna seems to move with the music beat. Just to give a little to think: the dealer with his "perfect" look talking about Reagonomics, the audition, the people on the bus somehow the small boy reminds me of certain people, if you know what I mean , the guy at the laundry shop,the communist manifest and what happens when she throws it away... Think about it a bit, maybe probably not, as all hope is lost you will see the light.
Gregg Araki clearly knows his drugs. We've known that at least since he inflicted the utterly graceless "The Doom Generation" upon us twelve years ago. His virtues as a filmmaker have taken a bit longer to shine through. With "Smiley Face," a loving and often hilarious light comedy about a day in the life of a young woman who is confused, sweet, beautiful, and very, very stoned: shine they do.Araki's previous film, "Mysterious Skin," was a brutally dark psychological drama based around homosexual incest. "Smiley Face" is, um, not. It explores <more>
the much lighter taboo of recreational cannabis use by making us laugh our darn fool heads off. Let's face it: after the last few years, some of us have needed to do so more than ever, and Araki and writer Dylan Haggerty have delivered a playful, ironic comedy that honors yet transcends the traditional "stoner flick." I'm fairly certain that this indie gem will become a cult classic even if doesn't achieve mainstream success. Anna Faris's presence may help, and her face does things in this movie that are terrific things for faces to be able to do.
Delightful surprise from Gregg Araki (by czarnobog)
Gregg Araki takes off his usual kink'n'angst bisex-tinted spectacles and shows us the world from a stoner's perspective. Happily, this isn't the typical dumb serving of simulated stoned humor; it elegantly captures the flavor of such classic stoner moments as stoned paranoia, the giggles, massive confusion, stoned driving and "inspired while stoned." A huge factor in the success of this comedy is Anna Faris. She's been compared to Judy Holliday, but her subtly quirky performance in this movie is more reminiscent of a young Mary Tyler Moore, blending emotional <more>
humor with deft physical comedy, at once adorable, endearing and hilarious.Araki milks her performance with simple yet inventive tech work, avoiding clichéd "stoned" camera tricks while making masterful use of his soundtrack to amp up the humor. And as usual for Araki, that soundtrack is loaded with great, hip, off-beat tunes spanning many musical eras, used effectively but subtly.While obviously not a big budget film, the production values are top notch. Based on Araki's body of work, he's not only one of the hippest directors working today, but one of the most efficient.The rest of the cast is perfect, including a small bit by Dylan Haggerty, who wrote the screenplay and deserves a huge "thank you" for breathing new life into the genre. His script is funnier, smarter, and more authentically captures the essence of being stoned than other drug comedies, including the very funny "Pineapple Express." Finally, while being stoned might enhance your enjoyment of this film, it is plain outright funny and would be extremely enjoyable straight, for anyone with a healthy sense of humor. In fact, it's a film that any sophisticated film buff should appreciate.
Extremely delighted by the film! Stoner movies have always been categorized in a different way as regular movies. It's not something serious that you would watch to learn a valuable lesson or to experience an unearthly ascension. The movie is just pure fun. The plot is rather easy to understand. The lack of complexity makes it a pleasant experience for everyone who would appreciate the humor in drug use. Anna Faris describes the condition of a high person more accurate than expected. I liked the sound effects that can be heard now and then according to the situation or what the <more>
protagonist is thinking.Don't miss it only because it's an independent movie.
A good movie if you actually SMOKE. (by elizabethesto)
I completely disagree with many of these bad reviews. My personal opinion: if you smoke, definitely see this movie. But not while you're stoned--it will make you paranoid about everything! If you have never smoked pot, or are against it, don't even bother. Honestly, the whole movie is kind of like an inside joke. If you don't get high or haven't gotten high, you won't think it's entertaining, and you probably won't get it. But this is precisely what I love about this movie: it probably portrays being high more accurately than any other stoner movie I have ever <more>
seen. I didn't like the ending and it did confuse me a bit as to what message it was trying to get across, but as for the rest of the movie, I thought it was genius. The thought process was incredibly accurate, the physical effects, everything. Being a smoker myself, the whole movie was incredibly stressful, and I understood exactly what the main character felt. So all in all, my recommendation is this: if you smoke, go see it. If you don't, you're not going to like it.
Anna Faris is FUNNY!--Movie is so-so. (by scoochie9)
Anna Faris is, in my opinion, the funniest young comedic actress out there today. In "Smiley Face", she is extremely entertaining and completely unconcerned about vanity as Jane, the much-too-stoned pothead. I just love her and I'm not even gay !The story has me scratching my head a little bit. I can't decide if it's just some mindless, silly stoner movie which works for me! , or, as another reviewer put it, some sort of 70's anti-marijuana training film. Maybe it's a little of both...? I dunno.Story aside, I think the acting and direction are superb, very <more>
colorful, and quite hilarious! It's worth a viewing, if only for the reason that you're in the mood for something completely different. You'll definitely have something to ponder...and many scenes to remember fondly and laugh about!