Release dateJanuary 25, 2015 (2015-01-25) (Sundance Film Festival)
October 23, 2015 (2015-10-23) (United States) Based onI Smile Back
by Amy Koppelman WriterPaige Dylan, Paige Dylan, Amy Koppelman, Amy Koppelman ScreenplayAmy Koppelman, Paige Dylan CastSarah Silverman (Laney), Josh Charles (Bruce), Thomas Sadoski (Donny), Mia Barron (Susan), Terry Kinney (Dr. Page), Chris Sarandon (Roger) Similar moviesSolitary Man (2009), The Bronze (2015), Oceans Thirteen (2007), The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015), Knockaround Guys (2001)
TaglineLove desperately, live recklessly.
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I Smile Back is a 2015 American drama film directed by Adam Salky and based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Amy Koppelman, who wrote the screenplay with Paige Dylan. The film stars Sarah Silverman as an upper-middle-class wife and mother struggling with mental illness and addiction. The film had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2015. It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 16, 2015. The film was released in a limited release on October 23, 2015, by Broad Green Pictures.
Outwardly, Laney (Sarah Silverman) appears to have the perfect suburban life. She has two loving children, a caring husband, and an opulent, upper-middle-class home. Beneath her seemingly pristine image lie anxiety, depression, unresolved childhood issues, and destructive behavior, which jeopardize everything she holds dear.
Sarah Silverman as Elaine "Laney" Brooks
Josh Charles as Bruce Brooks
Thomas Sadoski as Donny
Mia Barron as Susan
Skylar Gaertner as Eli Brooks
Shayne Coleman as Janey Brooks
Sean Reda as Henry
Chris Sarandon as Roger
Billy Magnussen as Zach
Kristin Griffith as Nurse Pauline
Oona Laurence as Daisy
Clark Jackson as Mr. Odesky
Terry Kinney as Dr. Page
I Smile Back received mixed reviews from critics, with universal praise for Silverman's performance. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 53% approval rating, based on 59 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "I Smile Back serves as a powerful showcase for Sarah Silverman's dramatic range, but fails to surround her committed performance with a movie worthy of its depth". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 59 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Indiewire reviewer Katie Walsh gave strong praise to Silverman's performance in the film. Silverman was nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role at the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2015. Shortly after, Broad Green Pictures acquired distribution rights to the film. The film was selected to screen at the Jerusalem Film Festival on July 11, 2015. and the Deauville Film Festival on September 6, 2015, as well as the Toronto International Film Festival on September 16, 2015, the Oldenburg International Film Festival on September 19, 2015, and the Chicago International Film Festival on October 16, 2015. The film was released on October 23, 2015, in a limited release.
I Smile Back was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States on February 23, 2016.