Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends.
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Sweet, rich valley girl develops crush on a punk from the alley and when hersnobby friends disapprove of him, she's forced to choose between her heartand her popularity. Very funny romantic comedy blends in elements of blackcomedy and '80's cheese that make this all the more fun to watch. The movienot only follows the life of the valley girl and her punk; but her friendstoo as they shop, party, hang out, and go to the mall. If the dialoguedoesn't have you laughing non-stop for a week, the music will. Songs like"Johnny, Are You Queer?" are found throughout. Also, Elizabeth Daily is afunny, existential character and the Prom King & Queen speech at the end ishilarious!
Coolidge slips some darkness into Valley Girl that never resolves itself with the surrounding sunny void
This review is from: Valley Girl (DVD) I bought this DVD cause i love the movie, used to have it on VHS. If you like 80's movies with great music, then this is the movie for you.I only wish it was longer, hated to see it end.
First off, I LOVE this movie. I love the relationship between thecharacters played by Nick Cage and Deborah Foreman. I love that theycome from completely different backgrounds. But concerning some of thecomments regarding the music of the era....There were two scenes at the time: New Wave and Punk. Punk wasconsidered FAR more radical and a lot less mainstream than New Wave(like The Plimsouls, for example). While bands like The Ramones and SexPistols seem pretty sedate today, they weren't so back then, which iswhy I think that this movie went in the direction that it didmusic-wise. The clothes are spot on, obviously! This is one of myfavorite movies because of the love story, and I never get tired ofwatching it.
This movie is in my top three all time favorite movies of all time!!!!! Nicholas Cage is HOT in his first movie! Highly recommended!
The teen movie of my generation is *not* "Valley Girl"-- it's "Clueless".Ican hardly recall Bush's presidency much less Reagan's. My earliestrecollection of fashion magazines does not include sun-tanned celebritieswith feathered hair but rather pale, flannel-wrapped grunge girls.However,I do know enough about the valley girl phenomenon: the talk, the style ofdress, the malls and gallerias, the hippy parentage, the wholesomeness,thepastels..you know what I mean. So I wasn't completely detached when I sawthe movie.So now to what I thought of it: I really really liked this movie. I evenbought the video.I think growing up surrounded by the GenX mumbo jumbo made me appreciatethis light-hearted flick. It's a nice love story, kind of like a watereddown Romeo and Juliet. The acting may not have been good enough forShakespeare, but it's a movie, so it's perfectly fine that these peopleare"actors" and not melodramatic "thespians". Also the script was just right;it wasn't too phony, it had a sense of humor.. Examples would be Randy andhis friend's visit to the valley party. The bathroom scene was ticklish.Randy's depression and Julie's frustration and heart-to-heart with her dadwere parts of the movie that didn't disappoint. In other movies of thiskindthe actors are often unable to carry their characters from one emotionalsituation to the next, and they end up making themselves unpleasantlyflat.Randy and Julie have appropriate sincerity--remember, they're playing twoyoung kids in love. The dreamy, whimsical quality of the movie fits justright.In conclusion, this is a wonderful, timeless movie. Though the time inwhichit is set plays a major role in the movie, the essential love story istimeless. The great thing about this movie is that it uses a *very* commontheme but still comes out fresh and affective. Even for younger viewerslike me, who didn't grow up in the 80s, the movie can be just as endearingas it was to its first audiences.
Director Martha Coolidge turned a short-lived fad into a genuine sleeper, an exploitation film that thoroughly transcends its origins to become a highly appealing romantic comedy.
Like, Valley Girl is, like, totally, a cool movie! It's all about this guy who falls in love with this girl, who is super popular @ Valley High. He is kind of, uh, not her type, but they manage to work it out in the end. The plot is simple, but this is another one of those movies that you just fall in love with for absolutly NO reason!! :D
This romantic comedy-drama flick that was released on Friday April 29, 1983 was loosely based on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet about a foxy high school teenage Valley Girl Julie Richman(Deborah Foreman)who seems to have it all such as good looks, popularity, and a handsome Valley dude & sleazy boyfriend Tommy(Michael Bowen)whom Julie breaks up since she gets tired of Tommy's arrogance & lack of respect towards her, but then ends up meeting her new love interest Randy(Nicholas Cage)at the beach & ends up getting acquainted with him at a party he & his Hollywood punk buddy Fred Bailey(Cameron Dye)end up crashing at Julie's friend Suzi's house one night. Julie's blossoming romance with Randy disgusts her friends, simply because Randy isn't from the valley like they are, so they threaten Julie with the loss of her popularity & their friendship unless she dumps Randy, so Julie goes to her era hippie father Steve Richman(Fredric Forest)for advice who tells her to just follow her heart & then Julie ends up caving into peer pressure by tearfully breaking up with Randy & reluctantly reconciling with Tommy, but then Randy ends up winning Julie back after a brief scuffle with Tommy. The subplot involves Suzi Brent(Michelle Meyrink)and her stepmother Beth Brent(Lee Purcell)vrying for attention of their grocery delivery boy Skip(David Ensor), but Skip finds himself attracted to Beth & goes out of his way to see her without Suzi finding out & even even turns down Suzi's invitation to go to her house during an unsupervised slumber party since Beth is out on a date, but then 1 day Skip enters Suzi's house apparently looking for Beth, but ends up finding Suzi in Beth's bathroom taking a shower showing us the 3B's(Breast, Bush, and Butt) and then Skip and Suzi end up making love & Beth comes home walking into her bedroom catching Skip & Suzi in bed together. VALLEY GIRL also had numerous popular hit songs from the 1980's in it too like "I Melt With You" by Modern English; "Electric Avenue" by Eddie Grant; "Don't Put Another Dime In The Jukebox" by The Flirts, "Who Can It Be Now" by Men-At-Work; "Girls Like Me" by Bonnie Hayes, etc; along with the fact that this movie had launched Nicholas Cage's acting career and made him a star. This movie also takes me all the way back to memory lane to the days when I was living in the Imperial Valley since I was living in my hometown(El Centro, CA)at the time, which was another reason why I used to get so fascinated watching various scenes of this movie that took place in the L.A. Area since it was the total opposite from where I come from since the whole Imperial Valley is just a small ugly secluded community in the Desert Southwest with basically nothing to do for fun or entertainment, unlike the L.A. Area.
This DVD is great, and the extras make it even better.The commentary and interviews with the director, stars and even musicians(!) are priceless.Director Martha Coolidge just keeps going on about how she had no budget and couldn't waste even a few frames of film. Instead being tiresome this gives you a very genuine sense of the challenges that go into directing a budget constrained movie and how they can be overcome.The musician interviews are also pretty striking, where did they find these people after all these years and why are they bothering to discuss this movie? Well it doesn't matter, it just works and it's really nice to hear how the movie impacted their careers. One glaring omission is Bonnie Hayes who isn't even mentioned, although her songs totally rock and are featured prominently. One can only assume she was not available, but it would have been nice for them to at least talk about her contributions. Ironically they did such a great job with the other interviews it raises your expectations and it's like, "hey where's Bonnie?"The actor interviews are also insightful and even though I sort of wanted to dislike Nicholas Cage I think he did a fine job. He conveys a lot of respect for the movie and the director and seems quite sincere. Well done!Anyway, while the movie alone is worth the price of the DVD, the extras definitely seal the deal since you probably won't get those elsewhere. Why does Randy's chest hair look so strange in the beach scene? Well apparently Martha asked him to remove some of it off to appear look more like high school boy (although he was just 17). You'll have to hear Mr. Cage explain the rest!
Valley Girl takes the viewed through a time warp of how the 80s were inCalifornia. Most of the music in the movie is repeated & should be.What a historic trip down sunset to see what it looked like ,passingthe famous Manns China theater where the stars planted their hands inthe cement.Nicolas Cage was charming & Debra(his girlfriend) was so Groovy. Ican't believe we talked that way in the 80s.The sound track for the movie is a real treasure especially ModernEnglish & the song 'don't let it get me'. Josie, a Texas band, made thetrip to play at the Valley Prom. That's a real delight to see her play.Above all watch the movie again with the directors comments on. Quite asurprise this movie made that much money & became a huge Hit. on theslimmest of a budget.Also plays in full screen,the DVD is double sided, which is better.ENJOY....
A good Movie from the early Eighties, Nicholas Cage at the begining of his career, defininte Must See!!
basically I was really too young when I saw this movie for the first time but I always thought this movie was the best romantic teen movie ever made. Even now that I 'm 18 I still view this movie and instantly feel how deep that relationship on screen was nicolas Cage & Debrah Foreman made it all so real. So I recommend this to a romantic-comedy lover like I am .This movie rocks!!!
For a change, there aren't any cartoon problem adults on hand as there often are in these pictures.
It's a measure of how, like, totally influential this little film was 20 years ago that there seems to be nothing special about it today.
This review is from: Valley Girl (DVD) Classic movie everyone can enjoy, nichonlas cage's best work in my opinion. If you truly know a valley girl you will not stop laughing at how well they hit the nail on the head!
This review is from: Valley Girl (DVD) Remember watching this as a teenager. Loved it then... love it now. Passed it along to some of my friends
I remember seeing this film when I was 13 years old and I fell in lovewithit and I was a big fan of the film and the characters I adored. Myfavoritecharacter was Stacey (Heidi Holicker), because she made me laugh when sheshowed no interest in Fred (Cameron Dye) who really liked her and I washoping that in the end that they would get together then her boringboyfriend, Ralphie (Christopher Murray)because he ignored her and hung outwith his friends. I love the cast and the story. I always love the partwhenFred try to get together with Stacey, and I always remember when he chasedher around the car. But it was so good. I'll always remember cherish thatinmy teen years. Now that I am 33 years old and I picked up my copy on DVDandwill look forward seeing it.
Valley Girl is the greatest of the 1980's Teen films, and is second to none. John Hughes wishes he could have made a film this accurate, this genuine, and this sincere!This movie is as much 80's as Easy Rider was 60's. It defined the times is what it did.As silly as it sounds, Valley Girl is actually a very good film. It's put together extremely well, and is original, fresh, and personal all at the same time! They simply do not make teen films of this calibre anymore.This DVD release is long overdue, but well worth the wait! There are a score of fabulous extras, a commentary track with the director, conversations between the director and Nicolas Cage today, two music videos and much much more!The picture is high-quality with a tad bit of grain, but the sound is 5.1 surround, and is in widescreen. Valley Girl has never looked or sounded better.If you only ever see one 80's Teen film, Valley Girl should be the one, and probably the only one you'd ever need to own.
This movie is on of the greatest 80's movies ive seen yet. Nicholas Cage is looking hotter than ever. This movie is a great chick flick as well as any movie. If I were a critic I would give them an A plus. If you haven't seen this movie buy it today.