Smooth Talk


Drama / Romance / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 78%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 1,510


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April 9, 2019



Elizabeth Berridge as Amy Harper
Laura Dern as Katherine Harris
Mary Kay Place as Jeannie
Treat Williams as Carl Pellam
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655.94 MB
23.976 fps
92 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by evanston_dad 9 / 10 / 10

Wonderful Undiscovered Film About Sexual Maturity

A terrific lesser-known film that deserves a better rating than the one given it here at IMDb. Based on a short story by Joyce Carol Oates called "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?", "Smooth Talk" stars Laura Dern as a bored and restless adolescent who thinks she's more in control of her sexual allure, and more capable of handling the attention she receives for it, than she is. In a deeply unsettling and slightly surreal scene, a hunky stranger (Treat Williams) comes calling for her, and she realizes that she's not as mature as she thinks. The film captures the same other-worldly quality of the short story (the scene with Treat Williams plays out almost like a feverish dream), while ably adapting it to the very different needs of a feature length film. Dern gives a wonderful performance, one of the many given by this underrated actress. And another lovely performance comes from Mary Kay Place, who plays Dern's mother. One of the most memorable scenes for me came when mother and daughter are in separate rooms of the house, but unbeknownst to each other are both privately dancing to the same song playing on the radio. I can never hear James Taylor's "Handyman" without thinking of this movie. Grade: A

Reviewed by gavin6942 5 / 10 / 10

Wow. Bad.

A free-spirited 15-year-old girl trapped in the body of a 25-year-old woman (Laura Dern) flirts with a dangerous stranger (Treat Williams) in the Northern California suburbs and must prepare herself for the frightening and traumatic consequences. I had moderate expectations for this film. I figured anything from the 1980s, which was a thriller and had Laura Dern could not be awful. But, you know what, it was actually rather disappointing. Other than maybe ten minutes of suspense, it is basically a movie about a teenage girl and her friends hopping and being generally irresponsible. Nothing to see here. In 1985, this might have been something groundbreaking, but today (2017) it comes across as a Lifetime movie of the week. I suppose it is a good film to see for James Taylor fans, but otherwise you're not missing much.

Reviewed by jadavix 5 / 10 / 10

Boring three quarters coming-of-age, one quarter thriller

"Smooth Talk" is a strange, languid coming-of-age movie that makes a surprising shift into thriller territory toward the end. It's about a young girl, played by Laura Dern, who has a strained relationship with her mother. She lies to her about where she is going so that she can go hang out with her friends. She flirts with boys, and some of these encounters are harmless and fun. Others are threatening. At a party she meets a strange man in passing who tells her he is watching. We don't know how she feels about this, but if the encounter is expected to generate suspense, it doesn't. You might not even notice. Later, the guy (played by Treat Williams) shows up, acting like a refugee from a generic thriller. The scene isn't scary, but the characters talk for so long that you don't know if it's supposed to be. Isn't the girl scared to the point of ending the conversation? The thriller aspect is handled so negligibly that you are left only with the teen girl angst stuff, which is also just not that interesting or convincing.

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