34 user 10 critic

Smile (2005)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama | 8 April 2005 (USA)
2:09 | Trailer
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.


Jeffrey Kramer (as Jeff Kramer)


Jeffrey Kramer (as Jeff Kramer)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Mika Boorem ... Katie
Luoyong Wang ... Daniel
Yi Ding ... Lin
Beau Bridges ... Steven
Linda Hamilton ... Bridgette
Cheri Oteri ... Linda
Sean Astin ... Mr. Matthews
Shuai Chi ... Calvin
Jonathon Trent ... Ted
Erik von Detten ... Chris
Jia Song Jia Song ... Daniel's Wife
Essie Shure Essie Shure ... Brittany
Susan Chuang ... Ticket Agent
Yaojun Feng Yaojun Feng ... Conductor
Hua Zhu Hua Zhu ... James


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Based on 80,000 true stories. See more »


Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Did You Know?


Features Cowboy and the Senorita (1944) See more »


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
See more »

User Reviews

Emotive and Touching.
26 September 2005 | by what3v3rSee all my reviews

This movie isn't about the character makeover that Katie has or the facial makeover that Lindsay has. I kept on wondering why they would call the movie Smile ! I had my answer. "Smile" is about the ability to genuinely smile, to smile for something that doesn't go through you, to smile with mushy emotions inside, to smile with tears in your eyes, to smile at the happiness of someone besides yourself ! Its what you would do while you watched "Smile". They have also probably chosen the perfect tag-line for this movie. Watch the movie and you will find out why !

I give this movie all its rating because of Lindsay and her dad and everything that revolves around them. Very very touching to watch a father sacrifice everything for the love of an adopted child. Cinematography too was excellent. The scenic countryside holding hands with the pleasant music score adds to the feel good touch of brilliantly done scenes such as the father and child dancing etc.

The initial chunk of the movie is a lil overdone potpourri of characters. Character development was essential, but it spills over into more of a striking contrasting difference between the lives of two girls born on the same day. It puts forth a wrong perspective which could well and truly stand in line with the archaic stereotype of lives in developing countries. They could also have gone easy on the last set of photo stills to don the movie screen. It tends to give a lil bit of the "true story" thing away !

Given its pros and cons, I would certainly recommend this movie even if its a date movie !

14 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 34 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.



USA | China


English | Mandarin | Spanish

Release Date:

8 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Força de um Sorriso See more »

Filming Locations:

Jingxi, China See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed