Smooth Talk

Synopsis: Free-spirited fifteen-year-old Connie Wyatt may be too young to drive, but she's already driving the boys crazy. Her suspicious mother wants to keep her safely at home, but Connie would rather while away the languid summer days hanging out with her friends and flirting with boys at the local burger stand. But when she flirts with a handsome and dangerous stranger named Arnold Friend, she must prepare herself for the frightening and traumatic consequences. Based on the short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" by Joyce Carol Oates.
Director(s): Joyce Chopra
Production: Live Home Video
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

Oh, my God.

Look at the time!

The tape deck!

I've gotta carry the tape deck.

Hey, wait up!

We're never gonna get there!

We'll get there, you guys.

My mother's gonna kill me

if we're not there!

What are we gonna say?

That it was all Jill's idea.

Connie, it was yours!

We're in this together!

Well, how's this?

Too sexy.

How's this, baby?

I'm not with you guys.

I've never seen you before.

Oh, my God!

Thanks a million.

I can only fit two of you in the cab.

That's okay, 'cause she's not with us.


Would you play me

some music on that?


I'll ride in back.

No, Connie, let me.

No, no, no, it's okay.

I like it.

I don't want to sit next to him.

Play the man some music, Jill.


What are you, crazy?

She'll see us.

She'll be real glad to see us

getting out of a truck.

So, should I stop or not stop?

- Stop here.

- No, go past, go past!

I'll tell you what.

I'll just let you out.

You girls work it out from here.

But we're right in front

of the store!

Wait, wait! Get down.

Get down!


Boy, your mother's

a real terror.

What's she gonna do,

beat you up, Laura?

Yup, you got it.

- Thanks a lot!

- Wait a minute.

Jesus Christ!

Thanks for the music.

Go already!

I can't believe it.

We're right on time.

She's not even here yet.

He was a doll, the driver.

I think he was great.

Yeah, that's 'cause

you weren't sitting next to him.

What did he do,

try to get you to feel his bone?

Connie, cut it out.

Ma, you were late today.

- Crazy.

- What?

What are you laughing about?

Did you buy anything

or just go around gawking?

You don't want me

I turned it off.

You didn't even say hello.

Hi. I didn't see you.

The mysterious case

of the invisible mother.


So, how was shopping today?

It's all polyester junk.

There's nothing to buy.

That's too bad.

So you didn't bring anything back?

Not really, no.

I thought there was something

that you wanted to get.

Ma, what if I asked you to drive

me and Laura to the beach tomorrow?


And do what?

Hang around by myself

till you're nice and tan all over?

What car should I take?

I don't know,

maybe June would leave hers

and Dad could drop her off at work.

Fine. Dad drops June off,

June leaves her car,

and then I drive you.

That takes care of everybody, right?

Forget it.

Do you ever think about anybody

except yourself?

Mom, don't start.

Where's the roller and pan?


I guess you didn't have time.

Honest to God, I meant to get it,

and I left time at the end,

and then Laura's mom came early...

What am I supposed to paint

the house with now? Any ideas?

Who asked you to paint

the goddamn house?!

You've been trying to paint this house

for three years, and it's still not painted.

Look, I mean, we could...

cover up the walls with posters

like in my room.


I look at you...

I look right in your eyes...

...and all I see

are a bunch of trashy daydreams.

Tuna fish?

That's tuna fish.

Well, it's hot.

You know, summertime?

You got all day.

That's not what I meant.

I thought it would be good.

A salad... hot weather?

It is good.

June, could you

get me a beer, honey?

It's there already.

Knew it all the time.

You got nothing to do but talk

to your sisters all day on the telephone.

Then you serve tuna fish.

Sure, nothing to do.

I just get so tired of watching

all those guys that you send over

to help me paint the house

and lay the tiles

and finish the woodwork.

Look, get Connie to help you

if you can't handle it by yourself.

She's not in school,

she's got nothing to do all day.

Dad, you really should

do something about Connie.

It's not right, her never wanting

to do anything to help Mom.

You get her to help me.

Rumor has it you're her father.

Whatcha doing?

Holding up the walls.

You could be nicer to your mother.

So could you.

I guess, maybe.

Who'd have thought I'd be out here

smoking a cigarette... summer's night.

Don't owe nobody nothing.

Know what I mean?

I guess.

My own house. Jesus.

Just come out for a smoke

whenever I want.

My own lawn chair.

Leave it out all night if I want.

You know, I can't wait

till I'm old enough to drive.


How are you feeling tonight? Good?


Looking for fun?


How are you?

How are you?

How are you?


So, what'd she say to you?

I don't believe it!

What'd you do to your hair?

What is that, hairspray?

She's using hairspray.

She hasn't even had her breakfast yet.

Well, she better not

try that stuff with me.

I'm not gonna listen to it.

They're not kids anymore.


I'm telling ya,

it just makes me wanna throw up.

What about those dishes?

What about them?

They're not mine.

I haven't even had breakfast yet.

What? No.

No, I'm not gonna hang up on her.

I don't know what I'm gonna do.

I'm gonna call you back, okay?

Did I hear you right?

What'd I say wrong?

You stink.

Yeah, you told me.

You don't like my hairspray.

That just stinks that you won't

pick up a dish that isn't yours,

that you won't pick up one dish

for somebody else!

I picked up a dish.

Let's not fight, okay?

I'm supposed to serve up the bacon

and then clear it away,

and you just take and take

like a princess.

Is that it?

Is that the system?

You shouldn't

give them bacon every day.

Are you gonna lecture me

on nutrition?!



No, I'm just fed up

with kids, that's all.

I'm up to here.

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Tom Cole

Thomas Jeffery Cole (born April 28, 1949) is the U.S. Representative for Oklahoma's 4th congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party. He is a Deputy Majority Whip. The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) from 2006 to 2008, he was, during his tenure, the fourth-ranking Republican leader in the House. As of 2015, Cole – a member of the Chickasaw Nation – is one of only two registered Native Americans in Congress (the other being fellow Oklahoman Markwayne Mullin). more…

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