Fifteen-year-old Connie Laura Dern spends the summer before her sophomore year fixating on getting male attention. It is left ambiguous whether or not he her; it is implied that she isn't the same person we met at the beginning of the film. When they emerge, they look like the runners-up in the Madonna look-alike contest. Connie and her friends hang out. Williams, in what is a comparatively brief role, comes very close to stealing the picture from her. It's a deeply unsettling coming-of-age nightmare that should be required reading for every self-proclaimed horror fan. He's closer to 30 - crude and self-assured and, to anyone over the age of 15, about as erotic as the sticky counters and smells of rancid grease at Connie's favorite drive-in.
She could also be heading toward disaster, as certainly as a 4-year-old behind the wheel of a Maserati. He says his name is Arnold Friend, and that he wants to be her friend. Connie is played by , an actress who seems perfectly suited to this role. It stretches before them in long, empty hours. Connie and her pals aren't looking for paint and brushes at the shopping mall.
She looks at her father as if he were speaking a foreign language. Leave the movie before it's over, and you miss almost everything, because what Connie does at the very end of the film is necessary. After her family returns home, her mother tearfully apologizes to her for slapping her earlier that day, but Connie reassures her that everything is all right. While her mother, Katherine Mary Kay Place , nags her about painting the house and favors her older sister, Connie spends her days going to the mall with her friends. Taking Joyce Carol Oates's short story ''Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? It's at the drive-in that Connie first attracts the attention of Arnold Friend ''A. Advertisement Though Miss Chopra and Mr. Feeling tethered to her home and under the thumb of her overbearing mother, Connie will find herself in dangerous waters when a flirtatious day out at the shopping mall leads to a meeting with the mysterious and charismatic Arnold Friend.
This plays like a Lula Fortune origin story. She also helps paint the cottage, just as her mother constantly demands her to. Rarely do I feel so conflicted about a film. One day, while the rest of her family is having a barbeque, Connie is confronted at home by a handsome, dangerous stranger, Arnold Friend Treat Williams , who has been watching her. She suffers from her mother's put-downs, while hearing nothing but praise for her older sister, June.
Connie passes the time cruising the local shopping mall with her friends and flirting with boys. What can and should be talked about are the achievements of everyone connected with ''Smooth Talk. They go into the ladies' room, apply makeup and mascara, and stuff their jackets into their bags. They're looking for boys, though they only make their serious pickups early in the evening at the drive-in, when they're supposed to be at the movies. .
He pals around with another guy who doesn't say anything, and doesn't need to, because one look at him and you realize he is missing very important parts. Cole don't waste a frame of film establishing the edgy relationships among the members of the Wyatt family, who live in a curious, uneasy calm. He looks at her as if he were seeing someone else. Connie fights with her parents. Connie is an awkward teenager who spends her summer vacation hanging out with her girl friends--all in the hope of finding boys. He talks to her in a way that forever brings an end to her innocence.
I don't want to oversell ''Smooth Talk. At home, she's the gawky, alternately sarcastic and sullen, younger daughter who refuses to wash a dish or to speak civilly to anyone in the family. While her mother, Katherine Mary Kay Place , nags her about painting the house and favors her older sister, Connie spends her days going to the mall with her friends. What mum doesn't get is that the booty don't lie and when Connie's not scoping guys' buns at the mall she's crossing the road from the cinema to the hamburger joint in a skimpy corset to turn up the heat. She starts to get scared and tells him to go, but he coerces her into going with him, threatening to burn down the house, while his friend remains at the house, supposedly to watch over it while they are gone.
Says her exasperated, not unfond mother, ''I look into your eyes and all I see are trashy dreams. This is the setup for the second half of the movie, which is an astonishing denouement. Before she enters her sophomore year in high school, she spends the summer moping around her family farm house. The movie won the in the Dramatic category at that year's. Cole have expanded the story, and supplied information Miss Oates saw fit to leave out, ''Smooth Talk'' is as spare and lean as the source material. She is about 15 years old, tall, blond, unformed.