Saturday, May 20, 2017

Smooth Talk (1985)

International Spectrafilm
Directed by Joyce Chopra
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Olive Films)

High school sophomore Laura Dern and her friends hang out at the mall or go to the drive in restaurant nearby, looking for boys. She lies to her parents about where she goes. She rebels against her mother, whom she sees as a threat to her lifestyle. She gets along better with her dad but still does not confide in him. This goes on for most of the movie. Towards the end, an older man she barely remembers seeing at the drive in shows up at her country house with a friend while her parents are away. He menacingly introduces himself, all fake charm, and toys with her from the front porch through a screen door after she retreats inside. Somehow, he talks her into leaving with him for a ride. Rape is implied, but never admitted, and she is brought safely home to carry on with her life, apparently unchanged. Long build up to a rather unsatisfying conclusion. Based on a Joyce Carol Oates short story, itself based on a true incident that lead to murder, not rape, which might have been a more interesting ending.

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