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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.

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Tamra Davis

Writers:

Tim Sandlin (novel), Tim Sandlin (screenplay)
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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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Gerald Lenton-Young (Coach Howard Stebbens) was the drama teacher at the high school used in the film. See more »

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When Maurey and Sam first try sex, Maurey, in the long shots, is wearing panties with dots on them. In the close-up when she takes them off, they are plain white. See more »

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Sam Callahan: Do you practice sex with Dothan?
Maurey Pierce: Of course not, silly. He's my boyfriend.
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References Town Without Pity (1961) See more »

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Written and Performed by Little Leo
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read the book instead
17 August 2001 | by akahlgrenSee all my reviews

"Skipped Parts" is a watered-down version of Tim Sandlin's novel of the same name, the first in a wonderful trilogy about Sam Callahan's and Maury Pierce's unusual lives. I recommend reading the novel(s), where the two leads are 12, not 14, in the beginning and where the Wyoming landscape and Teton Mountains are just as much characters as they are a background for the movie.

Not only is the story watered down and written for cheap laughs and tears, but the pacing is unbearably slow. Jennifer Jason Leigh is clearly not capable of doing justice to the methodically drunken Lydia Callahan, as her portrayal is really more of a caricature than a character; and Tim Sandlin sadly did little justice to his own novel in this screenplay by down-playing Sam Callahan's inner life as innocent, hopeful commentator on the action of the novel/movie. Much of his biting and insightful humor is lost by removing Sam's commentary.

Read the book. It'll take more time, but feel hours shorter than this movie felt.


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