Smooth Talk
Smooth Talk (1985)

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.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1985
DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Despite the less-than-riveting vibe, it's impossible to deny Dern's amazing performance.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Plays uncomfortably like two movies jammed into one.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Dustin Putman

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
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… More
Chosen 718
The main thing that even made this movie watchable is that Laura Dern was sexy.