Smooth Talk is a 1985 motion picture, loosely based on Joyce Carol Oates' 1966 short story "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?", which was in turn inspired by the Tucson murders committed by Charles Schmid. The protagonist and main character, Connie, is played by Laura Dern. The antagonist, Arnold Friend, is played by Treat Williams.
Connie passes the time cruising shopping malls with her friends and flirting with boys. When an actual date leads to heavy petting, however, she flees from his car. At a hamburger joint, an older man confides to her "I'm watching you!", and proves it soon after. One afternoon, her mother and June warn Connie to be careful with her flirting, and she is left alone in the cottage when her family goes to a barbecue.
After Connie is playing around the house, a man named Arnold Friend approaches her and identifies himself as "A. Friend". He dresses and acts like James Dean and name-drops several teeny bopper acts, even though he is much older than she is. She thinks about taking a ride with him, but after he persuades her into doing so, she does so out of fear, while his friend remains in the house.
When she returns home, Connie is bewildered and disheveled, but tells Arnold that she never wants to see him again. It is left ambiguous whether or not he raped her; it is implied that she isn't the same person we met at the beginning of the film. After her family returns home, her mother tearfully apologizes to her for slapping her, but Connie reassures her that everything is all right. At the end of the film, she never tells June about what happened, but dances with her to James Taylor's music.
|Laura Dern||Connie Wyatt|
|Treat Williams||Arnold Friend|
|Mary Kay Place||Katherine Wyatt|
|Levon Helm||Harry Wyatt|
|Elizabeth Berridge||June Wyatt|