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Smile (2005)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama | 8 April 2005 (USA)
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High school student Katie signs up for a trip to China, where she meets Lin, who 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Matthews
Shuai Chi ...
Jia Song ...
Daniel's Wife
Essie Shure ...
Ticket Agent
Yaojun Feng ...
Hua Zhu ...


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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A single choice... An incredible journey... And a selfless act... Will unite them and become a life-changing experience they will remember forever. See more »


Adventure | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some mature content involving teen sexuality | See all certifications »


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8 April 2005 (USA)  »

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A Força de um Sorriso  »

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It makes you want to do something!!
10 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Every once in awhile a film comes along that just reminds you what life is really all about this film did it for me. The difference in this film is it stirred you to want to care, to want to make a small difference any way that you possibly can in life. This film is that hope factor that keeps one going no matter how many times you have been beaten up by the world and it's cynical ways. The love and hope in this film reminds you to keep trying, searching, reaching to help make a difference no matter what, no matter how small a way. Thank God for people who make films such as this!!


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