Smooth Talk
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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 type who identifies himself as "A. Friend" and behaves like James Dean. When… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Despite the less-than-riveting vibe, it's impossible to deny Dern's amazing performance."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Plays uncomfortably like two movies jammed into one."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Offers ample and telling observations on adolescence, mother-daughter relationships, familial tensions, and the erotic yearnings of youth."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An unheralded gem of a motion picture, and one of the more vibrant and authentic depictions of teenage life in memory."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
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