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Smile (I) (2005)

 -  Adventure | Drama  -  8 April 2005 (USA)
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Introduced to a volunteer opportunity with the Doctor's Gift Program, Katie (Mika Boorem) signs up for a trip to China, where she meets Lin (Yi Ding), a girl with whom she shares a birthday. Lin has a facial deformity that discourages her from ever showing her face, but her friendship with Katie helps her start to see life in a new way.

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Katie
Luoyong Wang ...
Daniel
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Lin
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Steven
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Bridgette
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Linda
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Shuai Chi ...
Calvin
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Ted
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Chris
Jia Song ...
Daniel's Wife
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Brittany
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Yaojun Feng ...
Conductor
Hua Zhu ...
James
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Katie, a teenage girl from Malibu, California, finds herself in the throes of growing up, facing her parents, her boyfriends, her sexuality and a very privileged life. Half a world away in rural, China, Lin, born on the same day as Katie, faces a much different reality. Because of a severe facial deformity, she lives a life of fear and shame. Her father, Daniel, has devoted his life to her, with hopes and dreams that her circumstances will change one day. The opportunity comes with the discovery of the worldwide "Doctor's Gift" program. Katie volunteers and comes to China. Once there, she is deeply touched by the work, which prompts her to take off on her own to find Lin. A "smile" is brought to Lin's face, Katie finds her soul and their extraordinary connection becomes a life-changing experience for both girls. Written by Anonymous

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Celebrate the Incredible Strength of Humanity. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some mature content involving teen sexuality | See all certifications »
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Vanishing Romance
Written by Joe Lervold (as Joel Evans)
Performed by Carla Helmbrecht and Joe Lervold (as Joel Evans)
Published by Mopsy Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Heavy Hitters
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It's funny. The first 3/4 of this film is pretty mediocre. But it works so well as a set-up for the very powerful last part of the film which just knocks you over! Really. I was watching most of the movie just trying to enjoy the Malibu and China scenery because the rest seemed, as another reviewer said, like an after-school special.

I was not prepared to cry uncontrollably for the last 10 minutes straight. Watching the transformation of Katie before our eyes makes it all worthwhile. This girl (Mika Boorem) gives a very fine performance. Cheri Oteri is perfect for the part too and the father daughter (Luoyong Wang and Yi Ding) are great (although the English is a little unbelievable).

I still don't know if the first part of the film was carefully crafted to achieve the end effect, but I guess it doesn't matter because I left feeling really good.


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