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Smooth Talk (1985)

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Produced for PBS's American Playhouse series, Smooth Talk was given a brief theatrical release before its "official" February 9, 1987 TV debut. Laura Dern plays a teenager anxious to experience the pleasures of sexual contact. Left alone in the family summer cottage when her mother (Mary Kay Place), father (Levon Helm) and sister (Elizabeth Berridge) go shopping, Dern decides to wander into town for male companionship. She makes the acquaintance of Treat Williams, a handsome if mildly psychotic

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Dec 7, 2004

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The movie is almost uncanny in its self-assurance, in the way it knows that the first hour, where 'nothing' happens, is necessary if the payoff is to be tragic, instead of merely sensational.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Plays uncomfortably like two movies jammed into one.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Disregard the incoherent ending, which violates the source material (Joyce Carol Oates story): in her debut, Chopra has made a disturbing tale of sexual awakening set against the 1980s new context of shopping malls; Laura Dern is extraordinary as the lead

February 8, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Despite the less-than-riveting vibe, it's impossible to deny Dern's amazing performance.

December 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Offers ample and telling observations on adolescence, mother-daughter relationships, familial tensions, and the erotic yearnings of youth.

August 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

An unheralded gem of a motion picture, and one of the more vibrant and authentic depictions of teenage life in memory.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
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Audience Reviews for Smooth Talk

I was expecting this to be a fun 80's teen movie, so I got a bit of a shock by the turn it actually took. One of the most chilling and believable films I have seen about being a teenager. The silly girls in this really rang true to some of the girls I grew up with in the 80's and I was really impressed with Laura Dern. I wonder why it wasn't more well known, I had actually never heard of this until recently, and I love 80's films, particularly the teen variety. I don't remember anything about this from when I was growing up. Perhaps it was more popular over in the US.
Well worth a look for anyone who likes this genre, who, like me, may have missed out on it first time around.
May 16, 2010
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The main thing that even made this movie watchable is that Laura Dern was sexy.
June 1, 2009
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