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Smiley Face: Review

November 18, 2007

I have been to 13 different movie theaters here in L.A. I’m not saying that to brag, in fact, I think it’s kinda ridiculous. I don’t know how it happened, considering there’s a nice theater within walking distance from my apartment. Anyway, I went to a new, different theater tonight to see Smiley Face, a stoner flick which got pretty good reviews at the film festivals. However, it is going straight to DVD, except for the one week engagement at this one theater in town. (And I’m not really that hip…I saw the ad in the paper, or I would have missed it.) I especially like the smaller artsy theaters that have all kinds of awesome concessions, and make it a point to have someone come out and announce the movie before it begins. Like the girl tonight, who prefaced her speech by saying she’s 1) not a very good public speaker and 2) hungover. Awesome.

Smiley Face stars Anna Faris as Jane, a pothead who eats her roommate’s cupcake tray, which, unbeknownst to her, is laced with more pot. The rest of the movie is basically Jane trying to accomplish the day’s tasks: pay off the electricity bill, make her roommate more pot cupcakes, meet her dealer at Venice Beach to pay him back for the pot she bought to make more cupcakes…and so it goes. It’s got quite a few recognizable names: Adam Brody, Jane Lynch, Danny Masterson, John Krasinski (yeah, you know why I saw it), and John Cho. It was pretty funny, and probably even funnier if you smoke an obscene amount of pot on a regular basis. But it was weird-funny. I liked it a lot, but I tend to like weird out-there movies. Anyway, I can see why it’s being released to DVD. It’s a shame, but what are you going to do? (Put it in your Netflix queue.) I liked the soundtrack too, heavy on the Styx and REO Speedwagon. There’s a clip floating around on You Tube, which you can probably find by searching for oh, say “john krasinski” and “shower scene”. Here’s the trailer.

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