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199 Ratings


Directed by Susan Seidelman
United States, 1982
Drama, Music


Smithereens tells the story of Wren, a 19-year-old girl from New Jersey who comes to New York City with a dream of making it big in the world of rock music despite the fact that she can’t sing, play an instrument or write songs.

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Smithereens Directed by Susan Seidelman
The irritating and contemptible central character of Susan Seidelman’s Smithereens, Wren (Susan Berman), is one of the most vivid heroines in the pantheon of 1980s cinema. She’s a paean to the struggle of the creative impulse: demanding to be heard and recognized, and frustrated with the process of making something that’s worthy of being recognized.
August 25, 2018
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To return to Smithereens now, or ten years from now, is not so much to bemoan old, lost New York but to celebrate what it has always represented: a dream perpetuated in large part by the director’s own movie-mythmaking. The New York City Seidelman first painted in Smithereens was dusted in a little bit of fantasy, truer to spirit than it was to fact, which allows it to remain timeless.
August 21, 2018
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Unlikeable protagonists—even those that have the additional bad luck of not being male—are nothing new, yet there’s still something refreshing about the vainglorious antihero of Susan Seidelman’s cult classic SMITHEREENS.
October 06, 2017
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