[Jane] pays tribute to the stoner comedy’s dissident tradition while problematizing its male-homosocial conduct—and she’s really funny. Faris’ nuanced slapstick magnifies her opponents’ biases, poking fun at the ones who normally hold the comedic upper hand. Smiley Face reminds us that malfunction and tripping are sites worthy of feminist struggle too.
Maybe the finest screen comedy of the new millennium? Anna Faris’s performance sweeps through a range of THC-addled emotions: awe, disbelief, delight, confusion, terror. Each one’s a punchline emerging on her daffy face. The intricate screenplay by Dylan Haggerty (his only such credit) is marvel of invention that subjects Faris’s character Jane to dozens of challenges, none of which she’s even remotely equipped to handle.