Skipped Parts


Skipped Parts

Infobox Film | name = Skipped Parts


director = Tamra Davis
writer = Tim Sandlin
starring = Jennifer Jason Leigh
Mischa Barton
Bug Hall
Brad Renfro
music = Stewart Copeland
cinematography = Claudio Rocha
editing =
distributor = Trimark Pictures
released = January, 2001 (USA)
runtime = 100 min.
language = English
budget =
imdb_id = 0209322

"Skipped Parts" (also known as "The Wonder of Sex" in the UK), is based on Tim Sandlin's book of the same name. Skipped Parts is the first in a series of novels based on the lives of Maury and Sam, the second and final being Sorrow Floats and Social Blunders. The film about a group of characters living in a small Wyoming town. After making the film-festival rounds in 2000, it had a limited release by Trimark Pictures. The title comes from how certain books mention sex and romance, but skips their factual aspects.

It was filmed in Regina and Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan.

Plot summary

In 1963, a liberal-minded woman, Lydia, has a 14-year-old son, Sam. Lydia's father is running for governor of North Carolina, and he does not want Lydia and Sam in his way, so the two are banished from North Carolina. Arriving in Wyoming, Lydia only wants to have a good time and Sam is never allowed to call her "Mom" (she wants him to call her "Lydia").

Sam soon finds out that he is one of only two students in Grosvant High School who can read. The other one is Maurey, a girl at the same age as Sam who wants to learn about sex. Consequent to their mutual discoveries, Maurey becomes pregnant. Maury decides to have an abortion in a distant hospital, and by accident, Runs into her mother and the baseball coach who is also there with the same intent.

Maurey moves to Lydia's and Sam's house, since her father banishes her from his house. Meanwhile, Hank Elkrunner, a Blackfoot, falls for the feckless Lydia, while her dictatorial dad keeps tabs on them all from afar.

In the end, Maury decides not to have an abortion and keeps the baby, a little girl named Shannon. After being threatened to be financially cut off unless she breaks up with Hank, and lets Sam go to Military School, Lydia decides to stay with Hank, and takes a job at the local diner. In addition, Hank Sells his trailer and moves in with Sam and Lydia, along with Maurey and Shannon who decide to permanently move in. The film ends with Sam finishing the flashback for the story, with Shannon nearby.

Primary cast

*Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lydia Callahan
*Bug Hall as Sam Callahan
*Mischa Barton as Maurey Pierce
*Brad Renfro as Dothan Talbot
*R. Lee Ermey as Caspar Callahan
*Michael Greyeyes as Hank Elkrunner


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