Valley Girl

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A satiric romantic comedy, Martha Coolidge's Valley Girl is a testimony to the short-lived Southern California '80s craze. Julie Deborah Foreman is a good-natured teenager following a swarm of pastel pink valley girls, who utter "gag me" at every opportunity. To her friends' dismay , Julie breaks up with her egotistical boyfriend, Tommy Michael Bowen, while shopping at the mall. All the valley kids go to a party that night, and Tommy immediately tries to bed one of Julie's friends. Randy Nicolas Cage, a bad boy ...
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A satiric romantic comedy, Martha Coolidge's Valley Girl is a testimony to the short-lived Southern California '80s craze. Julie Deborah Foreman is a good-natured teenager following a swarm of pastel pink valley girls, who utter "gag me" at every opportunity. To her friends' dismay , Julie breaks up with her egotistical boyfriend, Tommy Michael Bowen, while shopping at the mall. All the valley kids go to a party that night, and Tommy immediately tries to bed one of Julie's friends. Randy Nicolas Cage, a bad boy from Hollywood, shows up and crashes the party. Open-minded Julie flirts with him before he is literally thrown out, presumably just for looking different. Smitten with Julie, Randy sneaks back into the party to talk to her again. Julie drags a whimpering valley friend with her to spend the night cruising with Randy in Hollywood. After an extended courtship, Randy is in love with Julie, and she must choose between him and Tommy, who wants her back. Her friends refuse to accept Randy, who makes many exaggerated attempts to win back her love. Finally, after she has a heartfelt talk with her dad Frederic Forrest, love triumphs at the prom.
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Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
With an eye on '80s youth culture and a tongue planted, like, firmly in cheek, Valley Girl transforms Romeo and Juliet's star-crossed lovers into Los Angeles high school students -- minus all the abject misery. Julie Deborah Foreman is a nice girl from the San Fernando Valley who likes shopping and Val boys, until she meets a rough-hewn punk from Hollywood named Randy Nicolas Cage, dropping his Coppola surname for the first time. But disapproving friends and exes on both sides could be the end of the romance, in spite of Julie's feelings for Randy and the important lesson he's taught her: to just be herself. Aside from some witty references, the connections to Shakespeare end there, distinguishing the movie from later, more straightforward Bard transmutations like 10 Things I Hate About You and O. Instead, Valley Girl is more in line with predecessors Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Rock 'n' Roll High School, balancing healthy levels of angst and humorous, punky chaos that borders on the absurd. Watched in retrospect, the movie is totally '80s, a campy genre ride filled with clothes and slang that are best forgotten, as well as appearances by "Where Are They Now?" bands like Josie Cotton and the Plimsouls.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
A textbook example of an early-'80s teenage romantic comedy, Valley Girl is watchable as a time capsule to 1983 and as perhaps the best representation of the pop culture phenomenon of valley girls. However appealing this particular California attitude is for kitsch value, the language of most of the characters could tend toward annoyance. Fortunately, the titular lead character Julie (Deborah Foreman) is struggling, however superficially, with her valley identity. Unlike her unbearably snobby friends, Julie has an open mind and a good-natured smile, which leads her into the arms of the Hollywood mainstream "punk" Randy (Nicolas Cage). The two share plenty of onscreen chemistry to make the romance work, including a courtship montage that lasts the entire duration of "I Melt With You" by Modern English. Indeed, the music is an integral element, with Men at Work, Psychedelic Furs, and Bananarama appearing on the two volumes of soundtracks that were released almost ten years after the movie's theatrical release. Josie Cotton and the Plimsouls also make appearances on-stage during some key scenes. Not as richly characterized as Pretty in Pink or other John Hughes genre films, Valley Girl doesn't strive far beyond the high school romance conventions, complete with a finale at the prom. Especially humorous are Julie's campy '60s parents, played by Frederic Forrest and Colleen Camp. For teen flick aficionados and early-'80s new wave and bubblegum pop lovers, Valley Girl is a classic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2003
  • UPC: 883904127475
  • Original Release: 1983
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage Randy
Deborah Foreman Julie
Elizabeth Daily Loryn
Michael Bowen Tommy
Cameron Dye Fred
Colleen Camp Sarah Richman
Heidi Holicker Stacey
Michelle Meyrink Suzie
Tina Theberge Samantha
Lee Purcell Beth Brent
Frederic Forrest Steve Richman
Richard Sanders Driving Education Teacher
David Ensor Skip
Joanne Baron Prom Teacher
Tony Plana Low Rider
Tony Markes Brad
Chris Murphy Ralphie
Andrew Winner Customer at Counter
Laura Jacoby Peggy
Karl Johnson Club Bouncer
Joyce Hyser Joyce
Michael Wyle Arthur
Wayne Crawford Lyle
Technical Credits
Martha Coolidge Director
Carl Aldana Set Decoration/Design
David Brownlow Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas Coleman Executive Producer, Producer
Wayne Crawford Producer, Screenwriter
Frederick Elmes Cinematographer
Eva Gardos Editor
Michael Hacker Asst. Director
Nancy Israel Asst. Director
Marya Delia Javier Production Designer
Andrew Lane Producer, Screenwriter
Marc Levinthal Score Composer
Michael Rosenblatt Executive Producer
Scott Wilk Score Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    love it.

    this is my favorite movie ever!
    i would recommend it to everybody.
    MUST SEE! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i like it

    Valley Girl a movie about a girl Julie from the Valley who meets the cute guy Randy played by Nicholas Cage this is a really good movie i like it its cool i have the dvd and its awesome

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Time Capsule

    Vally girl is a fun romp through the early to mid 80's. I was an agnst wridden high schooler at this time living in California so this hit home. Looking back on this now.... well, it is a time capsule of good memories, GREAT MUSIC and what ever happened to past loves.<BR/><BR/>Enjoy

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