Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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Overview

On her first day at an all-girls Catholic High School in Chicago, shy and reserved Janey Glenn Sarah Jessica Parker meets the wild and wacky Lynne Sands Helen Hunt. Even though her oppressive dad, Col. Glenn Ed Lauter, won't let her go, Lynne talks her into sneaking out to try out for a spot on the beloved show Dance TV. Janey wows the judges with her gymnastic ability and makes first cuts, conveniently assigned to a cute dance partner: blue-collar bad boy Jeff Malene Lee H. Montgomery. They compete against the ...
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Overview

On her first day at an all-girls Catholic High School in Chicago, shy and reserved Janey Glenn Sarah Jessica Parker meets the wild and wacky Lynne Sands Helen Hunt. Even though her oppressive dad, Col. Glenn Ed Lauter, won't let her go, Lynne talks her into sneaking out to try out for a spot on the beloved show Dance TV. Janey wows the judges with her gymnastic ability and makes first cuts, conveniently assigned to a cute dance partner: blue-collar bad boy Jeff Malene Lee H. Montgomery. They compete against the bratty rich girl Natalie Sands Holly Gagnier, who sabotages them because she wants Jeff and the contest for herself. Janey and Lynne get revenge by inviting punks and street kids to crash her debutante ball. Natalie then resorts to making her wealthy industrialist dad, J.P. Sands Morgan Woodward, threaten Jeff; If he doesn't let Natalie win, his dad Biff Yeager could lose his job at the factory. It all leads up to the live television broadcast of the Dance TV contest, right when Janey's dad races to the studio to stop her. Also starring Shannen Doherty as Jeff's little sister, Maggie.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Several young stars made breakthrough performances in the 1985 teen movie Girls Just Want to Have Fun. Seemingly made to cash in on the popularity of MTV and music videos with a ripoff version of the Cyndi Lauper title song, this fun and frivolous movie contains the total package of preteen girl wish fulfillment. Though it seems like a strange casting decision in retrospect, Sarah Jessica Parker is the good girl and Helen Hunt is her uninhibited and helpful friend. Both give decent performances that are totally appropriate to the laughable lines they deliver, although Hunt does get to do the famous scene where she makes a blow torch out of a lighter and aerosol can of hair spray. Parker and Montgomery enjoy a silly romance and the logistics of the dance contest drop to hilarious levels. Destined for TV stardom, Shannen Doherty brings her bratty energy to the role of the little girl who just wants to be grown up, while comic relief Jonathan Silverman adds just enough perverted quirks to make this tame story into a real teen movie. The whole thing is just an excuse for endless dance sequences to the tune of generic pop-rock to dance along with, most likely on home video during sleepovers. Upon release it was instant gratification for the most base forms of girly desires, and it remains solidly entertaining as nostalgia for the fashion, music, and strangely absurd values of the '80s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2012
  • UPC: 014381796452
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 32,816

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sarah Jessica Parker Janey Glenn
Lee Montgomery Jeff Malene
Morgan Woodward J.P. Sands
Jonathan Silverman Drew
Helen Hunt Lynne Stone
Holly Gagnier Natalie Sands
Ed Lauter Col. Glenn
Shannen Doherty Maggie Malene
Biff Yeager Mr. Malene
Ian Giatti Zachary Glenn
Margaret Howell Mrs. Glenn
Terry McGovern Ira
Richard Blade DTV Host
Cynthia Gibb
Noreen Hennessy Carol
Kristi Somers Rikki
Phineas Newborn III Quarterback Dancer
Lee Arnone Mrs. Lemsky
Shaun Bryant Dave
Charene Cathleen Patty
Mark Caso Wolf
Deanna Claire Tiffany
Candice Daly Girl in Hallway
Olive Dunbar Sister Kathleen
Stuart Fratkin Sam
Larry Gelman Tailor
Valerie Grear Sister Immaculata
Steve La Chance Ben Wolpert
Mika School Girl
Jim Ruttman Dancer
Sharon Shayne Choir Sister
Susan Styles Sally
J.W. Smith Police Officer
Michael Higgins Featured Dancer
Alison Brown Featured Dancer-Gymnast
Robin Antin Dancer
Zoe Trilling Dancer
Kirk Hansen Dancer
Amelia Kinkade Dancer
Annie Livingstone Dancer
John Moore Dancer
Tita Omeze Dancer
Regan Patno Dancer
Mark Slama Dancer
Cecilie A. Stuart Featured Dancer
Linda Talcott Dancer
Paris Vaughan Dancer
Scott Coffey Dancer
Technical Credits
Alan Metter Director
Thomas E. Ackerman Cinematographer
Christopher Amy Art Director
Richard Arrington Makeup
Adams Calvert Special Effects
Robert Calvert Special Effects
Stuart Cornfeld Executive Producer
Lorenzo de Stefano Editor
Janis Hirsch Consultant/advisor
Al Jones Stunts
Betty Pecha Madden Costumes/Costume Designer
Gregory Melton Set Decoration/Design
Thomas Newman Score Composer
Don Perry Musical Direction/Supervision
David Rawlins Editor
Sarina Rotstein Production Designer
Chuck Russell Producer
Otis Sallid Choreography, Cinematographer
Marti Sharron Songwriter
Amy Spies Screenwriter
Jeff Staggs Production Designer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    love it!

    i love this movie its about a shy girl but she can really dance its cool cause its the 80's the music and the clothes in the movie are awesome i love girls just wanna have fun i really do!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    a great dance movie!!!

    Girls Just Want To Have fun is such a cool movie whats so cool about it is its from the 80's the muscic is great and the wardrobe too i really liked it so retro so hip its the best 80's film to enjoy!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dancing is Never Better!

    This movie is one of my favorites.It has great music and dancing.I love this movie alot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrific!!!!

    It is because of this movie I love Sarah Jessica Parker. My little sister and I watched this movie so many times when we were little and it is still one of my favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome and Totally Fun!

    I love this movie. The excitment and dancing and putting it all together is exactly the title. Girls do want to have fun and in this movie that is expressed strongly. I could watch this movie a hundred times a day, I love it and now ,so do all my friends !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE THE DANCING!!!!!

    One of the best dance movies I have ever watched. Sarah Jessica and Helen are wonderful in this. WHY didn't it get more recognition than it did? Watched it with my girls when they were young and now I enjoy it with my granddaughter. SOME FUN!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Family Movie

    This is a fantastic film. I could watched it again & again. Not only is Lee H. Montgomery a great actor, but he's also extremely cute!!! I'd give this movie 2 thumbs up!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT FAMILY FILM

    If you are looking for movies to watch with your kids, your search is over! This movie has competition, dance, fun, and caring parents. No cursing, no sex, no violence(minus one punch in a dance club). This is the GREATEST dance movie ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREASTEST MOVIE FROM THE 80S

    This movie has it all..great cast..great music. It is perfect for those who didn't get a chance to watch Sara Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt before they made it big. Too bad this movie didn't get the attention it deserved!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST EVER! I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF IT!

    This movie is the BOM. All my friends love it. It's ten thumbs up... if I had ten thumbs!?!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nothing to Compare

    I have loved this movie from the first time I saw it! I have already gone through two copies, and would like to purchase the DVD! Full of great songs and an EXCELLENT CAST!!! If I had ten thumbs, they would be up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SO COOL!

    One of the best movies I've ever seen! It should have received more attention than it did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great film for girls!

    This movie proves a film can be clean and fun at the same time. Great for pre-teen girls and their families.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Uplifting film

    I am English and would like to purchase this film let someone borrow it and never returned - cannot purchase it in England would pay for it to come from America???

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best movie of all time

    This movie is my all time favorite. Once during and interview w/ SJP she said ''everyone always mentions that movie to me!'' Well Sarah, that is b/c it is a classic for the 80s babies. THIS IS A MUST

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Is The Best Movie Ever!!!!

    This movie is great! The first time I saw it I couldn't help but get up and dance. This movie really proves That girls just want to have fun, so go buy it today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2001

    YEP,ITS DA BOMB

    HI!GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN IS AWESOME!IT HAS GREAT MUSIC,DANCING,COMEDY,AND ACTORS/ACTRESSES!!!!!IT'S MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF ALL TIME!!!I WOULD GIVE IT A 10 IF THE RATING WAS 1 TO TEN!IF YOURE LOOKING FOR A GOOD LAUGH,DANCE MOVIE,AND GREAT MUSIC FROM CINDY LAUPER'S MOST AWESOME SONG ''GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN!!!''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not to be missed

    Its a great movie much better than footloose.Its an all star cast. after watching this movie you cant stop thinking about it.Its one for the whole family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2009

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