- I Smile Back
- Written by
- Paige Dylan, Amy Koppelman
- Directed by
- Adam Salky
- Sarah Silverman, Josh Charles, Thomas Sadoski
If you are shocked by the exploits of a married woman who a) does drugs, b) sleeps around and c) can't seem to stand her cookie-cutter family, then you probably don't get out much.
Yet Adam Salky's new drama asks us to stand, mouths agape, as we watch Laney (Sarah Silverman) endure a pattern of self-destruction that would be familiar to anyone who's seen American Beauty or opened up a John Cheever novel or simply visited the suburbs.
As the wounded and desperate Laney, Silverman delivers a knockout performance – any memories of her scatalogical stand-up act are washed away in an instant. But her intense commitment to the depths of depression belongs in a better, more focused, less derivative film.