Smiley Face

"High. How are you?"

Smiley Face is a 2007 stoner comedy starring Anna Faris. Dylan Haggerty wrote the film, while Gregg Araki served as the director and co-producer. Faris portrays Jane F, an out-of-work actress who embarks on the most difficult day of her life after consuming a large batch of cannabis-laced cupcakes. Jane tries adamantly to complete her day's "To Do" list, but what follows is a relentless stream of misadventures brought on from her altered state. Roscoe Lee Brown lends his voice to the film as the narrator. This would ultimately be his last film, as he soon succumbed to stomach cancer. The film also stars That 70s Show's Danny Masterson as Steve the Roommate, The OC's Adam Brody as Steve the Dealer, The Office's John Krasinski as Brevin, Happy Day's Marion Ross as Shirley, Glee's Jane Lynch as Casting Director, and Brian Posehn as the bus driver. Carrot Top has a cameo as himself. Both the performance of Ana Feris and the direction of Gregg Araki were well-received by fans and critics. Faris even won a Stony Award for "Stoner of the Year" from High Times magazine. Faris displays range and very sharp comedic skills. The film also has some memorable stoner monologues covering everything from Marxism to loving lasagna. Premiering at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, Smiley Face had a very minimal theatrical release but gained a cult following once it was released on DVD and started being telecast regularly on premium cable channels. The film is better received than most stoner comedies, thanks to the writing, direction, and the performance of the cast, particularly Ana Feris who nails the Jane F character and delivers one of the best stoner character portrayals since Sean Penn starred as the lovable Jeff Spicoli character in the film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Upon its release, Nathan Lee of The Village Voice considered Smiley Face one of the funniest movies of 2007.

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| 2007 | 1 hr 24 min | 5.8/10
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Gregg Araki
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