Karyn Kusama on

Smile

Released 1975
Distributor United Artists

The bromide is that satire is what closes on Saturday night, and the boxoffice reception to Michael Ritchie’s expose of small town beauty pageants certainly bears that out. The American Dream comes in for a drubbing, but Richie and screenwriter Jerry Belson have such affection for their characters that it’s uplifting rather than a downer. Bruce Dern and Barbara Feldon are terrific. Film debuts of Annette O’Toole, Colleen Camp and Melanie Griffith.

About Karyn Kusama

Karyn Kusama wrote and directed her first feature film, Girlfight in 1999. Since then she has directed the science-fiction love story Aeon Flux, and the comedy-horror film Jennifer’s Body. She lives in Los Angeles.