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  • Summary: Jane F., an unsuccessful slacker actress, is having a bad day. And it’s getting more outrageous and comically surreal by the minute. Jane’s misadventures begin when she treats herself to a batch of cupcakes left unattended by her psycho roommate that prove to be not as innocent as they appear. Soon, she is trying to cross town so she can repay an unforgiving drug dealer, attend an audition, and somehow replace the precious cupcakes. Bumming a ride from her roommate’s friend--who is totally infatuated with her--she sets out on a long, strange trip. And when the original manuscript of the Communist Manifesto falls into her hands, things really get out of control. (First Look International)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    On the plus side, 100 percent sober when I watched it, I can say with some authority that Dylan Haggerty has written an eleventh-hour candidate for the funniest movie of 2007, that Gregg Araki has directed his finest film since 1997's "Nowhere," and that Faris, flawless, rocks their inspired idiot odyssey in a virtuoso comedic turn.
  2. Gregg Araki's delirious Smiley Face is an unabashed valentine to Anna Faris, an opportunity for the actress to show that she can carry a movie composed of often hilarious nonstop misadventures.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Uproarious pothead comedy.
  4. 75
    It's a fittingly loose, shambling little nothing of a comedy that's occasionally inspired, but at least a draft or two short of its potential. Still, it's a pleasure to watch Faris--a gifted, likeable comedian who tends to be the best element of many terrible movies.
  5. Reviewed by: Zack Haddad
    This movie is all over the place. One giant discombobulated stoner trip that goes from one obscure adventure to another. And you know what? It is quite a fun, odd journey.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Despite its laid-back script, “Smiley Face” is as prankishly political as Mr. Araki’s “Doom Generation,” evincing a deep unease with the media-saturated capitalist nation that Jane crawls inside her bong to escape.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    A sterling space cadet performance by Anna Faris floats the genial if slight pothead comedy Smiley Face, a distaff "Dude, Where's My Car?"

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 12 out of 26
  1. Mar 12, 2011
    This movie is one of my favorites. I bought it after the first time I saw it. It has an awesome cast and the movie is hilarious. Anna Faris is always so funny and this movie is so different, and so much fun. You apparently have to get the humor because I find this movie to be hilarious. Check it out! Expand
  2. neon
    Dec 9, 2007
    This actress deserves a special oscar for best stoned performance ever. Very funny and a definite contact high.
  3. JebM.
    Feb 4, 2008
    So dumb funny its smart, Smiley Face makes fun of the stoner within while reveling in the stupidness. I laughed out loud so many times and thought "oh that's cleverly relevant to the marijuana culture." Anna Faris is great as always, playing a character totally unrelateable yet recognizable in our culture and our friends. If you didn't like this movie its because you take your weed way too seriously or you don't get it at all. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Jan 12, 2008
    Anybody who saw Anna Faris spoof Cameron Diaz in Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation" knew that the "Scary Movie"-franchise girl deserved her own comic showcase to let her freak-flag fly. "Smiley Face", an absurdist journey of a thoroughly baked Cali girl, will do. Unlike other motion pictures about potheads, this filmmaker made a shrewd move that sets "Smiley Face" apart from the "classic" Cheech and Chong movies of the late-seventies, or the more recent "How High". Jane is smart. She majored in economics. Early in the film, she explains to her dealer(Adam Brody) how Reaganomics and the concept of trickle-down economics aren't applicable to his pot business. Since we're aware of Jane's intelligence(she graduated summa; that's the top one percent of any particular class), this stoner flick becomes more than some innocuous knee-slapper about being high. "Smiley Face" is a tragicomic portrait of a young woman who wasted her potential. Even though "Smiley Face" has every requisite moment that you'd expect in this highly-specialized genre(the paranoia, the munchies, the quasi-profound nuggets of philosophy), all played for broad laughs, mind you; the film doesn't see drugs, even a "soft" drug like marijuana, as a laughing matter. Case and point: In a sausage-production factory, Jane gives a rabble-rousing speech about laborizing the work force that is both passionate and articulate, or at least she thinks she does. In actuality, Jane's manifesto is a series of starts and stops, digressions, and incoherent mutterings. Faris is laugh-out loud funny. Above all else, "Smiley Face" is a comedy first. But this druggie farce is a subversive one; unintentionally conservative in its ideology. Nancy Reagan was right. Just say no. Expand
  5. DA
    Jan 14, 2008
    Don't waste your time, this was a horrible movie.
  6. [Anonymous]
    Nov 18, 2007
    Total rubbish, not in the less bit funny. If you want a stoner film watch Cheech And Chong. A film not in worthily of going straight to bittorrent.
  7. JeffG
    Jan 26, 2008
    This movie was so bad, I think I should be able to sue the critics assembled here. While I usually love Ferris, this movie is so far beneath every actor in it. Terrible script, terrible direction and poorly shot. A movie about a stoned actress living in L.A., wow, that took a lot of time to think of. Expand

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