Smooth Talk Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ March 11, 2009
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.
Super Reviewer
June 1, 2009
The main thing that even made this movie watchable is that Laura Dern was sexy.
January 13, 2012
Laura Dern is interesting in this coming of age tale, despite being WAAY to old to be the 15 yr old that she's meant to be playing.

She spends her days ignoring her mother and household chores, instead spending her time at the mall trying to get noticed by boys, only to eventually draw the attention of a much older man, played by Treat Williams, who watches her from afar, sizing her up as she deals with the boys her age, then finally makes his move.

The ambiguous ending may put off some, but I enjoy it and think it might stand up to repeated viewings to see if other details color your own opinion of what actually happens.

Give it a rental, see what you think.
June 5, 2006
An interesting concept, but it didn't do it for me. It's been quite a few years though, and I watched it at, like, 4 am, so maybe I should give it another chance.
June 13, 2015
If this PBS version of Joyce Carol Oates' fabulous short story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" does nothing else, it shows us that no drama will live up to the master story-telling of the classic in print. Like all great authors, she uses the gears of our imaginations to take us someplace we've never been before. While the tragic story unfolds in a suspenseful and methodical fashion, this melodrama comes off more as a cautionary tale. The differences are necessary to make the film stand apart from the story, and it's easy to appreciate that most of the audience will need to be diverted in other ways, but most of the detours are unworthy. Having stated this fact, the last half hour is cohesive enough to praise, especially for the blossoming talent of Laura Dern and the perhaps understated, but earnest creepiness of Treat William's performance. Mary Kay Place, as Connie's mother, demonstrates admirable acting, but still seems misplaced--as is Elizabeth Berridge who plays June. The synthesizer soundtrack makes all but the last scenes a period piece--even when it adds some tension towards the finale'. It's good, but it could easily have been more ominous.
½ February 11, 2012
Somewhat brutally honest at times, Smooth Talk is about a sixteen year old girl who is falling in love with older boys, while falling out of love with her family. The film depicts a strained mother-daughter relationship; I have two sister, and this film gets it spot on. There is a a dark side to these boys that you are made aware of in the first scene, subtle at times but when you realize it, you can't help getting creeped-out.
January 31, 2005
So I got these three movies from NetFlix with high hopes. Smooth Talk is based on the short story by Joyce Carol Oates "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been" I loved the short story but the movie absolutely sucked. Even with the potential from some good actors (Laura Dern,Treat Williams and Mary Kay Place)
Its just one of those bad adaptations from a really great story. They totally changed the ending which just ruined the whole story. I'm getting mad just thinking about it and can't continue.

The Fluffer. . . gee what can I say. . . it sucked. I think that sums it up. Only good thing about this movie was that the porn star was great eye candy (until he dyed his hair). This was the only reason I was able to watch the whole thing.

Home at the End of the World was just such a great story. Didn't read the book this one was based on so no comparisons to tarnish my thoughts. I thought it was really good except I though it ended kind of abruptly. But coming from the life I have lived I felt a great connection with the main character and found myself crying on several occations from the emotional similarities between myself and Bobby.
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