Tuesday, November 8, 2016

I Smile Back 2015

     This film is based on a novel by Amy Koppleman.  Laney and Bruce Brooks are married with two children, Janey and Eli.  Bruce has just written a book about insurance and he also sells insurance for as his job.  Laney is 39 years old and she takes medication for a bipolar condition.  She goes off her pills, she drinks straight vodka, does cocaine and takes other drugs.  Bruce finds her on the floor one night.  He takes her to a rehabilitation facility and she seems to be doing well.  She talks to the doctor and she takes her medication.  Bruce would like her to go to a convention with him as a treat for both of them.
     People with bipolar disorder have mood episodes of mania, hypomania, mixed states, self-destruction and depression after periods of remission.  A patient needs to identify and spot early warning signs of relapse.  They need to understand their own triggers, vulnerable areas and use preventive measures.  Sometimes relatives or friends need to step in and when they recognize symptoms.  Laney has everything going for her but she doesn’t monitor her condition.  She lets her behavior go too far.  This is not a happy movie but it does show the pitfalls and repercussions of this illness.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

85 min, Drama directed by Adam Salky with Sarah Silverman, Josh Charles, Skylar Gaertner, Shayne Coleman, Nick Taylor, Mia Barton, Thomas Sadoski.

Note:  Imdb 6.1 out of 10, 52% critic 44% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2*, Amazon 3.4* out of 5* with 2022 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in New York.

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