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Skipped Parts (2000)

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An ungrounded young mother and her thoughtful teenage son are banished to a remote provincial town by a domineering father.

Director:

Tamra Davis

Writers:

Tim Sandlin (novel), Tim Sandlin (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Barrymore ... Fantasy Girl
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Lydia Callahan
Mischa Barton ... Maurey Pierce
Bug Hall ... Sam Callahan
Peggy Lipton ... Laurabel Pierce
Angela Featherstone ... Delores
Brad Renfro ... Dothan Talbot
R. Lee Ermey ... Caspar Callahan
Michael Greyeyes ... Hank Elkrunner
Gerald Lenton-Young Gerald Lenton-Young ... Coach Howard Stebbins
Andrea Menard ... Dot
Kathryn Henry Kathryn Henry ... LaDell
Elizabeth Henry Elizabeth Henry ... La Nell
Daniel Maslany ... Petey Pierce
Aaron Fahlman Aaron Fahlman ... Buddy Pierce
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It's 1963. Poor little rich girl Lydia and her 14-year-old love-child Sam are banished from North Carolina while her powerful father runs for governor. They end up in Wyoming where she parties and Sam finds he's one of only two Grosvant High School students who read. Maurey is the other, a pre-pubescent girl wanting to discover what sex is about. She and Sam set out to learn with help from Lydia, who tells them it stops when Maurey has her first period. Trouble is, pregnancy comes first. In this small town, what can Maurey do, and will Sam have any say? Meantime, Hank Elkrunner, a Blackfoot, falls for the feckless Lydia, while her dictatorial dad keeps tabs on them all from afar. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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There's nothing like knowing what you've been missing.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual situations, some involving young teens, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 2001 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

Adolescência Perdida See more »

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Skipped Parts Productions See more »
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Color
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Among the names on the chalkboard in the lunchroom are Mike D. (Tamra Davis's husband) and Billy M. (Billy Madison (1995)), which she also directed. See more »

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Maury says that if Sam has to go to military school, in 4 years he will be 18 and can do whatever he wants. But the age of legal majority was 21 in 1963, and wasn't lowered to 18 until 1971. See more »

Quotes

Lydia Callahan: I'm your squaw, damn it!
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References Town Without Pity (1961) See more »

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She's So Fine
Written and Performed by Big Boy Myles
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A fine coming of age-story, although sometimes a bit far-fetched
11 July 2005 | by philip_vandervekenSee all my reviews

As a kid, every adult has had a time in his life that he or she was fascinated by the world of the grown-ups, but didn't know much about it. As an adolescent kid you want to know more about love and sex, but the path to adulthood can be a bumpy road. That's also the reason why there have been made so many coming of age-movies. Not all of them were very successful, but some of them sure are worth a watch, like for instance this "Skipped Parts".

When in 1963, a young woman and her 14-year old son Sam from an unknown man, are expelled from North Carolina by her powerful father who runs for governor, they end up in a small town in Wyoming. Here she continues her irresponsible life of partying and having fun, while her son discovers that the biggest part of his new school is made up by retards who don't seem to know what a book looks like from the inside. There is especially one girl, called Maury, who he can't stand at first, but who he gradually starts to like more and more. When she asks him to help her experiment with sex, they get very close and with the help of his mother they get a pretty good idea of what sex is like. But despite the fact that his mother told them to stop as soon as Maury has had her first period, they are too late and pregnancy is the result. While facing the consequences of their experiments and with grandfather's dictatorial shadow over them, Sam and Maury get help from Hank Elkrunner, a Blackfoot Indian who has become Lydia's newest boyfriend...

I guess that it needs some imagination to believe that all what is happening in this movie could actually be true. I'm not saying that it isn't possible, but sometimes it all feels a bit far-fetched. Nevertheless, this is still a very interesting movie and certainly one of the better coming of age-stories that I have ever seen. Especially thanks to the underlying story line of the double moral (sex outside marriage didn't exist, but abortion clinics were available, the totalitarian patriarch who wanted to keep his influence on his family, but didn't want them near him...) and the fine acting in this movie, this is a lot better than average. It's sure worth watching and I gave it a rating of 7/10 which is far from bad for this kind of movies.


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