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Starring: Sosie Bacon, Jessie T. Usher, Kal Penn, Rob Morgan, Kyle Gallner, Caitlin Stasey, Judy Reyes
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Psychological horror written and directed by Parker Finn. Smile (2022) follows Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon), who after witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain. As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life, Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.
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Carl Renken: I’m dying.
Rose Cotter: No. I don’t think so. I think you’re having another manic episode.
Carl Renken: Don’t you tell me. You don’t know. I feel it all around me, squeezing. I’m scared.
Rose Cotter: Carl, I know that what you’re experiencing feels real, but it can’t hurt you. I promise.
Rose Cotter: I know you’re nervous. That’s okay. I just want to have a chat. I promise this is a safe place.
Laura Weaver: Not for me.
Rose Cotter: Why do you say that?
Laura Weaver: I’m not crazy.
Rose Cotter: Nobody’s saying that.
Laura Weaver: But I need you to understand. I’m a PhD candidate. I’m not some lunatic. Okay?
Laura Weaver: I’m seeing something. Something no one else can see except for me. I know how insane that sounds. I do! But it’s this thing, I can’t explain it.
Laura Weaver: It looks like people! It looks like different people. Sometimes it pretends to be someone that I know. Sometimes it’s a random stranger. Sometimes it looks like my grandfather who died in front of me when I was seven. But it’s all the same thing. It’s like it wears people’s faces like masks.
Rose Cotter: What happens when you do see it?
Laura Weaver: It’s smiling at me. But not a friendly smile. It’s the worst smile I’ve ever seen in my life. And whenever I see it, I just get this god-awful feeling like something really terrible is going to happen. I’ve never felt scared like I do when I see it.
Laura Weaver: It’s not a hallucination, no. It’s real. You don’t get it. It does things to me. It causes s**t to happen around me. It’s taken over my whole life, and my mind, and it tells me things. It told me that today’s the day that I’m going to…
Laura Weaver: [to Rose] You’re not listening to me! Oh, my God. I’m going to f***ing die, and no one will listen to me!
Laura Weaver: Oh, my God! No! No! It’s here! Please! Get away! Please!
Rose Cotter: Laura. Hey! It’s okay. It’s just us. There’s nobody else here.
Laura Weaver: No!
[after Rose calls for help, she turns to see Laura smiling, she then cuts her neck with a shard of the plant pot, killing herself]
Rose Cotter: [referring to Laura] She was having paranoid delusions.
Detective Buckley: What kind of delusions?
Rose Cotter: She was convinced that some sort of evil presence was haunting her.
Rose Cotter: [referring to Laura] Before she died, she was smiling.
Detective Buckley: Yeah, she sounds f***ing crazy to me.
Nurse: [referring to Rose] You do know she’s engaged, right?
Nurse: I’m single.
Carl Renken: [to Rose, after she sees him smiling] You’re going to die! You’re going to die! You’re going to die!
'I'm seeing something. Something no one else can see except for me.' - Laura Weaver (Smile) Click To Tweet
Rose Cotter: [after she sees Carl acting psychotic] Do you think I’m making it up?
Dr. Morgan Desai: Of course not. But yesterday, a patient in your care killed herself brutally in front of you. Is it possible, when you presumed that Carl Renken was a danger to himself, that that’s what your mind was reacting to?
Dr. Morgan Desai: [to Rose] We can’t help these patients unless we have our own mental health in check.
Rose Cotter: [referring to Laura] It wasn’t so much the blood. It was her face. The look that she had.
Dr. Madeline Northcott: How did it make you feel?
Rose Cotter: Terrified, obviously. Vulnerable. Guilty.
Dr. Madeline Northcott: Guilty?
Rose Cotter: Well, she was my patient.
Dr. Madeline Northcott: She was a disturbed young woman you only met for ten minutes.
Rose Cotter: I just feel like I’ve gotten stuck on it. I can’t, you know, get it out of my head.
Dr. Madeline Northcott: Have you considered the reason you feel stuck could actually be more about your mother’s suicide? Do you still blame yourself?
Rose Cotter: I’m really not trying to relitigate that part of my life right now.
Dr. Madeline Northcott: What is it you’ve been seeing and hearing?
Rose Cotter: Echoes of what happened with my patient. You know, just fleeting moments of stress-induced hallucinations. But when they’re happening, they feel so corporeal and unsettling.
'It's smiling at me. But not a friendly smile. It's the worst smile I've ever seen in my life. And whenever I see it, I just get this god-awful feeling like something really terrible is going to happen.' - Laura Weaver (Smile) Click To Tweet
Dr. Madeline Northcott: [to Rose] You have wounds that have never fully healed. And it is possible they never will completely. That’s the nature of trauma. But you can learn to get control over it.
Rose Cotter: [after her nephew discovers his gift from Rose is her dead cat] This can’t be happening. No. No, no. No, I promise you, this wasn’t me. It wasn’t. It wasn’t me, I swear. You guys have to believe me, please. Somebody, please f***ing believe me!
Rose Cotter: [as she sees a woman at the party smiling at her] What the f*** are you? Leave me the f*** alone! You see her. You have to see her!
Rose Cotter: Something is threatening me. Some kind of a evil spirit, or energy. I don’t really know what it is. But I think that it killed my patient. Because she described experiencing the same thing before she died. And now it’s somehow attached itself to me. And I’m just really scared that something bad is going to happen.
'You have wounds that have never fully healed. And it is possible they never will completely. That's the nature of trauma.' - Dr. Madeline Northcott (Smile) Click To Tweet
Rose Cotter: I want you to believe me.
Trevor: Rose, you’re talking about a f***ing ghost.
Rose Cotter: No, no, no. It’s not a ghost. It’s something else.
Rose Cotter: You’re not listening to what I am saying.
Trevor: Okay, Rose. What the f*** am I supposed to say to respond to this right now? Do you hear yourself? I mean, Jesus Christ. You sound crazy.
Rose Cotter: I am not crazy!
Victoria Munoz: [referring to her husband] At first, I noticed small changes in him. Then it all happened so fast. He was on edge. Paranoid. He would wake up in the middle of the night, screaming. I’d never heard him scream before. Then he just stopped sleeping altogether. I would catch him having these conversations with himself. He was seeing things. Doing strange things that he didn’t even seem to remember. Then one morning he was gone. That night, the police called and told me he was dead.
Victoria Munoz: His face. Twenty-five years of marriage, and that’s what I have left to remember him.
Rose Cotter: Mrs. Munoz, your husband was not insane. The things that he was seeing, they’re real. I’ve seen them.
Victoria Munoz: What are you, a f***ing nutcase?
'My eyes are open now. I have been cursed.' - Rose Cotter (Smile) Click To Tweet
Rose Cotter: I need a favor. I need you to not ask any questions about it.
Joel: [referring to one of the people who killed themselves] Is he smiling? Rose, who are these people?
Rose Cotter: [to Trevor] I came to you, the person I’m supposed to trust most in the world, and I confided that I was scared to death. That I needed you. And you just didn’t even listen to a word I was saying.