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81 Ratings

Smooth Talk

Directed by Joyce Chopra
United Kingdom, United States, 1985


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 (played by Laura Dern), sexual awakening in the Northern California suburbs.

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Smooth Talk Directed by Joyce Chopra

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

1986 | 2 wins including: Dramatic (Grand Jury Prize)

Independent Spirit Awards

1986 | 5 nominations including: Best Feature

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

1985 | Winner: New Generation Award

Critics reviews

An assured debut, and a lean, searing adaptation of a short story by Joyce Carol Oates.
August 07, 2019
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