Valley Girl

“It appears as though you forgot our French fries and a coke, fishhead.”

In the spring of 1983, we, like, totally were treated to a touching and sentimental saga of two high school kids. One (Julie) was a, like, super-hot (fer shur!) girl from ‘the Valley’. The other (Randy) was a punk rocker with tight pants and an attitude.

And together they made movie magic with Valley Girl.

Nicolas Cage, fresh off playing Brad’s bud in Fast Times, had his first starring role (and first not as Nicolas Coppola) as Randy. And then there was Deborah Foreman (complete with her, like, dreamy hotness) as Julie, the girl from the Valley who falls for him.

It was a modern-day Romeo and Juliet (though no one died), and it easily set the stage for other classic 80s fare–– including obvious inspire-ees Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful.

But Valley Girl‘s greatest legacy? Well, fur shur, it was the script so chock-ful of Valley-isms that you were likely to gag yourself with a spoon (in a good way).

Valley Girl wasn’t even remotely one of 1983’s top films, finishing the year outside the top 40 and only pulling in $17 million, but we 80s kids still look back on it as a sure-fire classic and a 90-minute time machine that instantly takes us right back to the days of popped collars and killer tunes (with a soundtrack featuring Modern English’s “I Melt With You”, The Plimsouls’ “Million Miles Away”, and, like, so many more).

Heck, you might just call Valley Girl the most tripendicular film, like, ever.

We ♥ Valley Girl.


~ by weheart80s on September 19, 2011.

One Response to “Valley Girl”

  1. Be sure to check out my interview with director Martha Coolidge >

    Discusses Valley Girl, Real Genius, almost directing Some Kind of Wonderful and much, much more. One of my favorite (and best) interviews thus far.

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