Smooth Talk Reviews
The last half hour is just creepy. Despite top billing, Treat Williams really doesn't show up until then and it's like a 30 minute seduction scene as this guy clearly in his 30's lures Dern, playing 15, out of the house for a drive which probably led to bad things. But watch Williams bait this young girl will make your skin crawl, he is THAT good in a bad way.
Dern is fantastic too, but she looks way too old to be 15. She's really tall and full figured here, and she looks years older than her onscreen sister, who is older allegedly. I still could see the point was across, but the film would have been even creepier had they used someone that looked the actual age.
William Ragsdale shows up for a small part too.
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.
Well worth a look for anyone who likes this genre, who, like me, may have missed out on it first time around.