A Smile Like Yours

A Smile Like Yours is a 1997 American romantic comedy film directed by Keith Samples and starring Greg Kinnear and Lauren Holly. The film centers on a couple as they try to conceive a child. The film was produced by Rysher Entertainment and released by Paramount Pictures. The title song was performed by Natalie Cole.

A Smile Like Yours
Film poster
Directed byKeith Samples
Produced byTony Amatullo
David Kirkpatrick
Written byKevin Meyer
Keith Samples
Music byWilliam Ross
CinematographyRichard Bowen
Edited byWayne Wahrman
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • August 22, 1997 (1997-08-22)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$18 million
Box office$3,330,352[1]


Danny Robertson (Greg Kinnear) and his wife, Jennifer (Lauren Holly), are happily married, except for one major issue—he is doubtful about having children, and she desperately wants to have a baby. When Jennifer stops using birth control and doesn't tell Danny, it puts a strain on their relationship, particularly after she discovers that they have fertility problems. Soon both Danny and Jennifer are tempted to stray from their marriage as their baby conception woes mount.



A Smile Like Yours was generally panned by film critics. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 6% rating based on 35 reviews, with an average score of 3.2/10. The site's critical consensus said: "Flat and unfocused, A Smile Like Yours aims for romantic comedy but settles for tired sitcom formula."[2] John Hartl of The Seattle Times criticized Samples for his direction and scripting of both his cast and comedic scenes coming across as flat and unfunny, saying that he "systematically takes each comic opportunity and drains the laughs out of it."[3] Lisa Alspector of the Chicago Reader felt that both Kinnear and Holly's characters were written to have charm and display "every cliched behaviour" about their problems in a film that acts as an "incredibly naive attempt at schmaltz."[4] Dave Kehr, writing for the New York Daily News, said that despite both Kinnear and Hennessy's best efforts with the material given, the film suffers from "witless sex jokes", melodramatic tonal changes and lacking the sweetness found in the comedy Barefoot in the Park.[5] Conversely, Kevin Thomas from the Los Angeles Times gave praise to the cast for their performances and both director Samples and co-writer Meyer for adding wit and "affectionate humor" to the film's infertility plot, despite having an unfulfilling conclusion, calling it "an uncommonly thoughtful and intelligent mainstream entertainment, painstaking and stylish in every aspect."[6] Lauren Holly earned a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress for her work in the film and Turbulence, but lost the award to Demi Moore for G.I. Jane.


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