“I look right in your eyes and all I see are a bunch of trashy daydreams”.
Smooth Talk has great mall scenes.
Stores like Tinder Box and Things Remembered, packs of soda-guzzling teens roaming the thoroughfares or perching like leering crows over mezzanine guardrails, incidental passing phrases like “nice buns” or “pop his bone”, the neon Penney’s logo hovering over a dark parking lot; the malls of my youth were exactly like this, and for extended moments I travelled back in time, lifted from my Jasper Mall despair.
I’m lurching towards fifty this year. I was fifteen in 1986, roughly the same age as Laura Dern’s character Connie, and lived in her same universe. I relied on land lines and…