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  • Actors: Ted Hartley, Jonathan Silverman, Mark Derwin, Kip Pardue, Petra Wright
  • Directors: Jason Ruscio
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Polychrome
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000NOIX3Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,393 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On the surface, everything in Laura's life looks perfect. She has a successful husband, a happy son, and a beautiful house in the suburbs. Look closely, however, and you'll see a mind beginning to come apart. The events of Laura's past are beginning to catch up to her with devastating consequences. Soon Laura is acting out, sabotaging dinner parties and compulsively sleeping with neighbors. How far will she fall...and will she be able to catch herself before it's too late?

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on June 22, 2008
Format: DVD
****1/2

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Written and directed by Jason Ruscio, the ironically titled "Laura Smiles" is a profound and provocative exploration of how we cope with tragedy and loss in our lives. As the movie opens, Laura is a 25-year-old aspiring actress who appears headed for a bright and happy future, thanks to a career that seems to be on the point of taking off and her recent engagement to a man who loves her. All that changes in an instant, however, when her fiance is run over and killed by a motorist on a busy Manhattan thoroughfare. Flash forward nine years to find Laura comfortably ensconced in a middle class suburban home with a devoted husband and a loving young son. The trouble is that Laura wanders through life like a shell-shocked zombie, emotionally cut off from the people around her. Could it be the effect of that traumatizing event in the past, or is there something deeper and more endemic to her personality that keeps Laura from finding fulfillment and happiness in her life? As she confides to the therapist who is trying to help her, "How can everything be right, yet feel so wrong?" - a lament most of us have probably sounded at some point or other in our lives.

Whatever the cause of her dissatisfaction and angst, Laura's life has become little more than a tedious ritual of psychically enervating, soul-crushing banality. Unable to find fulfillment in her marriage, Laura turns to one-night-stands and an affair with her husband's best friend for meaning and solace. But to no avail, for nothing seems capable of filling the void that exists at the very center of her soul.

This is a beautifully made film - stark, spare, contemplative and poetic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Kutinsky on July 3, 2008
Format: DVD
I rented Laura Smiles because Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly, a favorite critic of mine described it as "the movie Little Children wanted to be." Laura Smiles shares its focus with Little Children on suburban malaise, on characters who find release in an affair, who are desperate to shake the skin of civility and propriety. I think that critic was trying to say that Laura Smiles allows you to glimpse the tender, hopeful Laura (Petra Wright) who exists simultaneously, if in the past, with the Laura we see present day, married and bored in the suburbs - that where Little Children assumed a tenderness and possibility within its characters, Laura Smiles does its best to prove and make you feel like the character now is a product of her past. However, I respect Owen Gleiberman more than I respect the movie - Little Children used its suburban desperation to create something rather life affirming. Laura Smiles attempts more authenticity (although, Little Children was plenty authentic too), and seems successful at it - its surprising leaps in time catch you off guard well enough to truly feel you're glimpsing a full consciousness on screen. However, there are two twists in the final 20 minutes or so - and just as you're starting to reconcile how you feel about the first one, the second one comes and turns an interesting movie into a frustrating one. I won't ruin what happens, but I will say where Little Children was life affirming, Laura Smiles is set on being rather damning of life, and ridiculous in its attempt to get there.
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By Stephanie A. Mondello on April 28, 2014
Format: DVD
Petra Wright's performance as Laura is emotional and complex. A roller coaster plot that will keep you captivated.
This film is worth watching!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bradley F. Smith on June 15, 2009
Format: DVD
Some nonsense about how a woman falls apart later in life after experiencing flashbacks to the death of her fiance nine years earlier. Laura goes a bit nuts, sleeps with a neighbor and the market bag boy, then comes apart in her shrink's office at the end. What is the point here? Still, there's something entertaining enough to carry this through.
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