R | 85 min | Drama
Review - Matt Mungle
**Award season review**
Synopsis: Laney Brooks does bad things. Married with kids, she takes the drugs she wants, sleeps with the men she wants, disappears when she wants. Now, with the destruction of her family looming, and temptation everywhere, Laney makes one last desperate attempt at redemption.
Review: I SMILE BACK is a powerful drama that was hard to watch. Sarah Silverman creates a character in Laney that you feel for immediately. You want her to make good decisions as much for her as for her husband and kids. This is a woman who has it all but fails to recognize it or keep her demons in check. The destruction is evident and seemingly unstoppable. This tension embeds in the soul of the viewer and thrusts them into her world.
An 85 minute drama is rare these days but I am not sure how much more an audience could endure. The weight of the story and Laney's personality is draining. But if you want to see an actress submerge to the dark depths of a role then put this high on your list.
Best Actress Sarah Silverman - Anyone who ever challenged her ability as a dramatic actress will bow in submission.
None to note. This is a film about Janey and Sarah carries it all on her petite shoulders. Everything else is window dressing around her.
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