Smile

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Released 1975

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Director:
Michael Ritchie
Released:
1975
Rating:
PG
Smile is a satiric look at the world of junior beauty pageants and the suburbanites that participate in them. Seemingly ahead of its time, the film was made in 1975, but illuminates issues that are still present today. Brenda DiCarlo (Barbara Feldon) is the Young American Miss beauty pageant coordinator. Her smiling and pleasant exterior masks her inner emptiness. She is cold and unloving, but plays her role as the perfect suburban lady. There are an array of stage mothers on display, all with classic faults that one would expect. The children, Robin (Joan Prather), Karen (Melanie Griffith), and Doria (Annette O'Toole), are presented as innocent and spared from the sharp-witted satire of the movie. The only voice of dissension in the beauty pageant world is the community leader, Big Bob (Bruce Dern). He tries to form a group of local men to stop the wives from producing this dog and pony show. Smile proves to be an excellent and worthwhile satire that strikes the core issues of beauty pageants and suburban life with wit and candor.moreless
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