January 31, 2007

Sundance. Smiley Face.

Smiley Face "Gregg Araki's latest foray into the slacker underbelly of suburban LA, Smiley Face, has a wonderful performance by Anna Faris and one of the all-time great stoner monologues in movie history," writes Salon's Andrew O'Hehir. "But is this episodic pothead odyssey, in the end, the classic cannabis comedy it sets out to be? I'll leave that question for another occasion." And you know what? He does.

"Those who welcomed the new 'mature' Gregg Araki's Mysterious Skin last year may be nonplussed by this follow-up, his most unabashedly silly effort," writes Dennis Harvey in Variety. "Smiley Face would evaporate in a puff of smoke if it were not for the inventiveness of Faris. Actress has been funny in large parts (as the Scary Movie series' ongoing topliner) and in small parts (Lost in Translation, Brokeback Mountain), but she has never had to carry a film this completely. She's often flat-out hilarious, whether the material offers much help or not."

IndieWIRE has a video interview with Araki.

Gregory Ellwood chats with Faris for MSN Movies.

Craig Phillips takes extensive notes on a panel featuring Araki, David Gordon Green, Tamara Jenkins and Hal Hartley.

Coverage of the coverage: The Park City Index.

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Posted by dwhudson at January 31, 2007 9:19 AM