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), wh... read the rest.
Based on the short story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been", by Joyce Carol Oates, this film chronicles a 15-year-old girl, Connie's, (Laura Dern) sexual awakening in the Northern California suburbs. Her experimentations begin to get out of hand when the mysterious Arnold Friend Treat Williams) takes an interest in her. Offbeat, dark-edged, coming-of-age tale about beautiful teenager drawn to menacing stranger. Critics praised the strong, realistic performances. Worthwhile for fans of compelling, small-scale psychological dramas and sharply drawn character portraits.
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