'Smile' Was One of the Most Popular Horror Movies of 2022 — Where Is It Streaming?

Callie (Carlos) Cadorniga - Author
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Nov. 15 2022, Updated 5:08 p.m. ET

The 2022 Halloween season graced us with a slew of great new horror stories. Between new theatrical releases and streaming shows, there was enough content to keep you terrified for the whole month.

One film that certainly had people talking was the new horror flick Smile, which was released in theaters on Sept. 30.

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Now that the film has had a respectable theatrical run — earning almost $210 million at the box office against a budget of $17 million — is Smile finally streaming? If so, where can you watch it? Here's what we know so far about where and how you can watch the film — and also why it's rated R.

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Is the 'Smile' movie streaming?

Smile follows Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon), a psychiatric doctor being stalked by a horrible smiling apparition. After witnessing the grisly death of a young girl who died while wearing a creepy smile, Rose becomes haunted by visions of people wearing the same smile and performing horrible acts. She soon begins to investigate the nature of this apparent curse and tries to find a way to stop it before she becomes another in a growing line of victims.

As of Nov. 15, 2022, the movie is finally available to stream at home. For anyone looking to watch the film from under the sheets, Smile is streaming on Paramount Plus. You can also watch the film on the EPIX streaming service.

Originally, the film was slated for a streaming release; however, the film was suddenly shifted to be solely released in theaters to start with. This was largely because of Top Gun: Maverick, which earned $1.4 billion during its theatrical run.

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Per an early September 2022 article by The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures President and CEO Brian Robbins unveiled his hard stance on pure theatrical releases during a conference.

"Theatrical still has the greatest impact," he said, per the outlet. "That sort of theatrical release, 45 days later to streaming, that's working beautifully." Smile, which Brian mentioned scored "crazy well" in test screenings, was only released in theaters at first.

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Why is 'Smile' rated R?

FilmRatings.com states that the MPAA's R rating for Smile is due to "strong violent content and grisly images, and language."

If you want to know the specific details, ParentsPreview.com features a review as well as a thorough breakdown of where the film falls in four categories: violence, sexual content, profanity, and alcohol/drug use.

For instance, it mentions that the film shows, among other things, people "cutting, stabbing, and burning themselves and others" in addition to a dead cat as well as corpses with gruesome injuries. There is also definitely a bit of cursing and swearing, though there doesn't appear to be any nudity.

Smile is now streaming on Paramount Plus and EPIX.

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