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as "Big Bob" Freelander
as Brenda DiCarlo
as Tommy French
as Wilson Shears
as Andy DiCarlo
as Connie Thompson/'Miss Imperial County'
as Robin Gibson/'Miss Antelope Valley'
as Shirley Tolstoy/'Miss San Diego'
as Doria Houston/'Miss Anaheim'
as Maria Gonzales/'Miss Salinas'
as Karen Love/'Miss Simi Valley'
as Judy Wagner/'Miss Modesto'
as Emil Eidleman
as Ray Brandy
as "Little Bob" Freelander
as Orren Brooks
as Ted Farley
as Jo Ann Marshall
as Dr. Malvert
as "Miss Fountain Valley"
Critic Reviews for Smile
A sometimes funny, more often harrowing look at a teen-age beauty competition in that mecca of plastic civic events, Southern California.
An undervalued classic with a phenomenal and very funny screenplay--always witty--and the satire is savage. Fantastic half-hour Fun City Editions blu-ray bonus feature with Bruce Dern.
While not Ritchie's finest endeavor, "Smile" showcases his skill with actors and controlled chaos.
Smile entertains while showing the "pros" in the "con" of pageantry.
Audience Reviews for Smile
A beauty pageant in California is the setting for a cynical look in the mirror at all things American, such as teaching our children to lie and then blaming them for doing it, even as we do it ourselves, Vaseline smiles, and ignoring the emptiness gnawing in our hearts. Oh, it's cheery enough and bright, and sparkly, but do we really believe our own lies? As relevant today as when it first was made in those olden days before cell phones.
Released the same year as Robert Altman's "Nashville," "Smile" takes a similar satirical look at lowbrow American culture. What's most wonderful is that this Michael Ritchie film not only paints a ruthless picture of a vapid "Young American Miss" pageant, steadily refusing to grant the audience any note of reassuring sentimentality, but that its gags are often laugh-out-loud funny (particularly during the talent competition). Not all satires manage to operate on that more visceral level. The cast is full of faces who became much more familiar later -- Melanie Griffith, Annette O'Toole, Dennis Dugan, George Wyner, Colleen Camp -- but Bruce Dern stands out as the dim but well-meaning head judge (a car salesman during the rest of the year) who always tries to put an upbeat spin on life.
|Robin Gibson/"Miss Antelope Valley":||Well, I'm just glad I'm not old enough to vote.|
|Doria Houston/"Miss Anaheim":||It's a CONTEST!|
|Doria Houston/"Miss Anaheim":||No, I won two hundered dollars and had a wart removed.|
|Little Bob Freelander:||Dad, are there any fat girls in the contest?|