Movie Monday: Smile 1975
Smile is a movie I chose on a whim, still in the mood for ’70s movies, after having watched Harold and Maude. Netflix didn’t have high hopes in my liking the movie, as it only gave it a 3 star rating based upon other movies I have rated. But I watched it anyway, bracing myself for an airy, maybe even slapstick style comedy. I was a little surprised, and even more slightly amused by what the movie actually had to offer.
I was a little confused by the directorial style of the film, as part of it seemed to be done in a documentary style (though everything was staged, nothing was reality), and the other parts seemed more like a typical drama. The mood of the film was also a bit tricky. You know it’s a comedy, but everything is done rather straight. The characters are believable, and not charicatures as you might expect in a comedic film. While the characters are mostly believable, none of them are really likeable, despite moments when they might make the viewer feel sympathetic.
The comedic value of Smile stems from the fact that the plotline is actually real life to some people- Grown men who act like chauvinist middleschoolers, girls on the cusp of adulthood who have learned to play to expectations rather than reality, and adult women who have separated themselves so far from reality that reality holds no pleasure.
While the movie is pretty light, I walked away thinking that I might personally categorize this film as a dark comedy. Its characters and plot are so pathetic, that you laugh out loud at times, when other times you just cringe and want to watch something else. So, if you can’t tell, I’m a little conflicted as to how I felt about the movie. But hey, at least the screen caps are pretty. :)