Saturday, August 29, 2009

Smile for the camera?

Smile Pretty (2009, Harry Bromley Davenport) - 87 min.
I picked this one up because it stars Scout Taylor Compton and Halloween II just came out, so I wanted to see if Miss Compton can do more than scream.  As it turns out, she should stick to the screaming.  Smile Pretty is just not a good movie.  The idea behind the film was a good one (young adults who had all been sexually abused as children coming together and using each other), but the directing and acting kind of killed it.  The film felt like it had been directed by a mediocre film student; transitions were hokey and predictable, and the camera work was sloppy.  The acting wasn't awful, but it wasn't of the caliber that this kind of story needs in order to make it interesting.
This wasn't even one of those movies that's so bad it's entertaining, you just have to sit there and wallow in the awful.  I'd avoid it at all costs.


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