Smooth Talk

  • 1985
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Drama

Small-town teenager Connie (Laura Dern) plays with the fire of her newly discovered sexuality and finds herself in the midst of a sexual power play. Connie is an awkward teenager who spends her summer vacation hanging out with her girl friends--all in the hope of finding boys. Her prime goal is to lose her virginity. At home, however, Connie is still treated...read more

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Small-town teenager Connie (Laura Dern) plays with the fire of her newly discovered sexuality and finds herself in the midst of a sexual power play. Connie is an awkward teenager who spends her summer vacation hanging out with her girl friends--all in the hope of finding boys. Her prime

goal is to lose her virginity. At home, however, Connie is still treated like a little girl. Holding the reins the tightest is her angry, nagging mother (Mary Kay Place). Following nature's course and the urging of her own hormones, Connie steps up her attempts to find a boy until deranged but

charming Arnold Friend (Treat Williams) turns up at her doorstep. In a manner that is anything but smooth, director Joyce Chopra hammers home her themes and ideas by turning all of her characters into cardboard representations of the typical family. Supposedly a thinking teenager's film, SMOOTH

TALK is trying to talk to a 1980s generation by using 1960s dialog. Faithfully adapted from a 1970 Joyce Carol Oates short story, the film's attitudes are better suited to that era than to the present. Dern (daughter of Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd), however, is the one element that makes SMOOTH TALK

worthwhile.

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  • Released: 1985
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Small-town teenager Connie (Laura Dern) plays with the fire of her newly discovered sexuality and finds herself in the midst of a sexual power play. Connie is an awkward teenager who spends her summer vacation hanging out with her girl friends--all in the… (more)

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