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113 Ratings


Directed by Michael Ritchie
United States, 1975


It’s time again for California’s Young American Miss beauty pageant, the biggest event of the year for Big Bob Freelander and Brenda DiCarlo. But Brenda is having marital difficulties and Bob’s son is up to some mischief. Could this year’s pageant be in jeopardy?

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Smile Directed by Michael Ritchie

Awards & Festivals

Writers Guild of America

1976 | Nominee: Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen (Screen)

Critics reviews

Filled with such human characters – from the various judges to the personalities of the teenagers competing in the pageant, to the horny little boys trying to sneak a look at the girls, Smile studies people within this milieu with a kind of documentary detail that humanizes even the most overt assholes.
June 21, 2017
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Manages to keep extracting mean-but-not-inaccurate laughs out of stultifying California Republican suburbia without falling into the trap of outright angry condemnation…
December 16, 2012
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The hilarity initially provoked by Michael Ritchie’s scattershot methods [and Jerry Belson’s script] gradually becomes more limited once it is apparent that the movie is after more than just giggles. Taking on a subject that automatically guarantees easy laughs, Smile quickly gravitates towards Ritchie’s familiar form of consensus filmmaking, in which something for everyone is strategically introduced to dilute the satire and provide it with a safety net.
October 01, 1975
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