|Directed by||Tamra Davis|
|Written by||Tim Sandlin|
|Starring||Jennifer Jason Leigh
|Music by||Stewart Copeland|
|Distributed by||Trimark Pictures|
|January, 2001 (USA)|
Skipped Parts (also known as The Wonder of Sex in the UK), is a movie 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 is 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.
The film starts in 1963, with liberal-minded Lydia, and her 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 Grovant 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. Maurey 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, Maurey 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.
Throughout the movie, Sam has many dream fantasies which star Drew Barrymore as the subject of his fantasies.
- Drew Barrymore as fantasy girl
- 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