Smooth Talk

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We are happy to announce the Clinton St. Resistance series is back! Here's how it works:

  • On select Mondays we offer discounted admission to films in the hope that as many people as possible will attend.
  • Proceeds after licensing costs from these screenings will be totaled at the end of the month and donated to a non-profit or community organization which we believe is doing good work in Portland and beyond.

That's it! You get to watch a great film for cheap and get an easy way to support an awesome organization that is supporting our community.

In June, we've selected the non-profit Black & Pink—a prison abolitionist organization dedicated to abolishing the criminal punishment system and liberating LGBTQIA2S+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS who are affected by that system through advocacy, support, and organizing.

In July, we've selected Sisters of the Road—a nonprofit Cafe in Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood working to create systemic change that will end poverty and homelessness by providing nourishing meals in a safe, dignified space.

Smooth Talk

Showtimes

Monday, Jul 18
7:00pm

"A gorgeous, thrilling portrayal of careless childhood dissolving in the summer sun, Smooth Talk is a landmark coming-of-age film and signals the arrival of one of cinema's favorite stars." -Lee Jutton, Film Inquiry

"Throughout, Joyce Chopra patiently and shrewdly observes the contradictions of human behavior that Laura Dern brilliantly conveys." -Jake Cole, Slant Magazine

"The movie is almost uncanny in its self-assurance, in the way it knows that the first hour, where 'nothing' happens, is necessary if the payoff is to be tragic, instead of merely sensational." -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"The film's power is enormous throughout; spare means (long-held closeups, a four-minute take of sisterly confessions) evoke a drama that seems to have been filmed holding its breath." -Richard Brody, New Yorker

Smooth Talk
Director: 
Joyce Chopra
Country: 
USA
Year: 
1985
Runtime: 
91 minutes

Suspended between carefree youth and the harsh realities of the adult world, a teenage girl experiences an unsettling awakening in this haunting vision of innocence lost. Based on Joyce Carol Oates’ celebrated short story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” and produced for PBS’ American Playhouse, the narrative debut from director Joyce Chopra features a revelatory breakout performance from Laura Dern as Connie, the fifteen-year-old black sheep of her family whose summertime idyll of beach trips, mall hangouts, and innocent flirtations is shattered by an encounter with a mysterious stranger (a memorably menacing Treat Williams). Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Smooth Talk captures the thrill and terror of adolescent sexual exploration as it transforms the ingredients of a standard coming of age portrait into something altogether more troubling and profound.

Special Admission

$6 tickets available in advance online and at the door.

*Part of our July Clinton St. Resistance Series with proceeds benefiting Sisters of the Road.*