Laura Smiles There aren't many movies that embrace the power of a woman's erotic rage, but Jason Ruscio's video-shot angst-of-the-suburbs psychodrama Laura Smiles is fueled by it.… Laura Smiles There aren't many movies that embrace the power of a woman's erotic rage, but Jason Ruscio's video-shot angst-of-the-suburbs psychodrama Laura Smiles is fueled by it.… 2007-07-27 R PT94M Drama Kip Pardue Petra Wright Mark Derwin Kindred Media Group
Movie Review

Laura Smiles (2007)

MPAA Rating: R
RAGE OF LOVE Wright is a suburban woman who loses her man — and with him a piece of her soul — in Laura Smiles
RAGE OF LOVE Wright is a suburban woman who loses her man — and with him a piece of her soul — in Laura Smiles
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Jul 27, 2007; Rated: R; Length: 94 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Kip Pardue and Petra Wright; Distributor: Kindred Media Group

There aren't many movies that embrace the power of a woman's erotic rage, but Jason Ruscio's video-shot angst-of-the-suburbs psychodrama Laura Smiles is fueled by it. As Laura, who loses the man she loves (Kip Pardue) and ends up married, miserable, and lashing out in a promiscuous fury, Petra Wright quivers with lust and fear — an eclipse of the soul made terrifyingly real. Then the film leaps back, with surprising tenderness, to see who she was before. There's an unconvincing last-act twist, but this is the movie Little Children wanted to be.

Originally posted Aug 02, 2007 Published in issue #947 Aug 10, 2007 Order article reprints
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