Smile Like Yours, A

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1

Danny Robertson (Greg Kinnear) and his wife, Jennifer (Lauren Holly) seem to have it all: a strong marriage, good jobs, and wonderful friends. At first, Danny is hesitant to add a baby to the mix, but eventually becomes as enthusiastic as his wife about the idea. But their joy turns to gloom when Jennifer's inability to get pregnant results in a series of awkward tribulations at a fertility clinic. With the stress of the ordeal and the temptation of affairs threatening their once-perfect marriage, the couple discovers that love holds a few surprises of its own. A SMILE LIKE YOURS is a romantic comedy likely to entertain young married couples. However, singles who use this as a "date movie" will be shocked and embarrassed by the straightforward treatment of sex and infertility.

Jennifer is a woman on a mission. Her two goals in life: to start a family and develop an aphrodisiac for her aroma-therapy shop. Mixing the two goals, she dabs on new scents, then surprises her husband at unusual places to try to become pregnant. The sex is always implied, but it often takes place in public places such as an elevator or the equipment closet at a baseball stadium. Frank discussions about sex between the two, with their doctors, and personnel at the fertility clinic probably won't disturb young married viewers, but single movie-goers will want to choose another film. One scene at the fertility clinic has Danny entering a room in which he will provide the nurse with a sample placed in a plastic cup. Before she leaves, she offers him some "helpful literature" including lingerie catalogues and magazines ranging from "soft porn" to "deviant behavior." Fortunately, Danny finds no help there, and must bring in Jennifer to help him perform. None of the sexually related material becomes suggestive or lewd. The biggest problem with the film is the foul language, which slips into the dialogue with over a dozen crude words, obscenities, and profanities. But Danny and Jennifer eventually learn the valuable lessons of faithfulness and honesty as they struggle through their problems. In the end, A SMILE LIKE YOURS is a heart-warming film for married couples only.

Preview Reviewer: Jason Shepherd
Paramount, 1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (10) times - Mild 8, Moderate 2

Obscene Language: Twice - S- word 1, f- word 1

Profanity: Few (4) times - Regular 1 (For G's sake), Exclamatory 3 (Oh G 2, My G 1)

Violence: None

Sex: Implied many times in the context of marriage, once between unmarried couple)

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (married woman adjusts garter belt in anticipation of making love with husband; same woman pours perfume on chest to entice husband)

Drugs: Social drinking

Other: Positive messages about marriage include faithfulness, honesty, and forgiveness

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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