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I Smile Back (2015)

R | | Drama | 6 November 2015 (USA)
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Addicted to drugs and alcohol, a housewife's self-destructive behavior starts to take its toll on her husband and two young children.

Director:

Adam Salky

Writers:

Paige Dylan, Amy Koppelman (based on the book by) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Charles ... Bruce Brooks
Skylar Gaertner ... Eli Brooks
Shayne Coleman ... Janey Brooks
Sarah Silverman ... Laney Brooks
Nick Taylor ... Guard
Mia Barron ... Susan
Thomas Sadoski ... Donny
Sean Reda Sean Reda ... Henry
Cynthia Darlow ... Mrs. Kosinski
Kristin Griffith ... Nurse Pauline
Terry Kinney ... Dr. Page
Clark Jackson ... Mr. Odesky
Brian Koppelman ... David Blackman
Emma Ishta ... Katrina
Oona Laurence ... Daisy
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Storyline

Laney Brooks does bad things. Married with kids, she takes the drugs she wants, sleeps with the men she wants, disappears when she wants. Now, with the destruction of her family looming, and temptation everywhere, Laney makes one last desperate attempt at redemption.

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Love desperately, live recklessly.

Genres:

Drama

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Rated R for strong sexual content, substance abuse/disturbing behavior, and language | See all certifications »

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School scenes were filmed at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bruce Brooks: [multiple times in the movie] Rise and shine beautiful!
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Soundtracks

Song For A Dry State
Written and Performed by Roadside Graves
Published by War and Oates (SESAC)
Courtesy of Autumn Tone Records
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A look into a dark mental labyrinth
12 November 2015 | by cekadahSee all my reviews

First I must state my perception, my image, my imagination of Sarah Silverman is permanently altered! Thanks a lot Sarah! From a wickedly funny actress to depressingly serious actress - all at once! Sarah Silverman gives a performance in 'I Smile Back' that will both confuse and unsettle her fans.

Thanks to Sarah Silverman and fellow cast members Director: Adam Salky and writer: Paige Dylan have successfully brought to the screen a story that is a look into the dark mental labyrinth of an upper middle class housewife and her marriage to a successful man that has placed great value on image. There is no real beginning and no defined end to this story. The doors are suddenly open to this family and we are given a slice of their life and then the door is shut. We the viewer will never know when Laney Brooks mental decay starts nor when or if it ever stops. We see her as she is at this moment in her life.

Laney Brooks (Sarah Silverman) wife of Bruce Brooks (Josh Charles) live a most above average life with two very young delightful children. All seems provided for - beautiful home, beautiful parents, a very high end school for the charming and talented children. BUT as the saying goes 'still waters run deep' and all is not what it seems to be in this idyllic setting. Laney suffers an unaddressed need in her mind that she and we cannot comprehend. There is a pivotal scene where Laney tells her husband that she has some things, dark things, to tell him. He in-turn doesn't want to hear this and surrounds himself with the children eating cake and cookies. He only wants the that which is sweet and nice. As seen in Laney's expression this is yet another hurtle she cannot cross.

Sarah Silverman offers a very mysterious and dark performance in this depressing story.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$495,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,758, 25 October 2015

Gross USA:

$58,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,373
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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