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Smile

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Released

1975

Runtime

113

Smile

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What's it About

The infectious “Smile” details the inner workings of a local California beauty pageant. The teenage entrants (among them, Melanie Griffith and Annette OToole) are by turns guided, bullied and cajoled by perky pageant director Brenda di Carlo (Feldon), jaded choreographer Tommy French (Kidd), and head judge/car salesman “Big Bob” Freelander (Dern), whose unflagging enthusiasm keeps the whole delicate enterprise going.

Why we love it

Don’t miss Michael Ritchies subtly devastating take on small-town life and conventions. Dern is a hoot in a rare comic role, and Feldon (from TV’s “Get Smart”) also scores as Brenda, a former beauty queen who uses her job to avoid a failing marriage. Yet its Kidd, a first-rate dancer and choreographer from Hollywood’s golden age of musicals, who steals the movie playing Tommy, a professional has-been whose gruff exterior masks a good heart. OToole also stands out as a seasoned contestant. A dead-on satiric slice of Americana.