Valley Girl

Valley Girl

Directed by: Martha Coolidge

Friday, June 11 - Saturday, June 12, 2010

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“The movie stars Deborah Foreman as Julie, a bright, cute high school girl who is in the process of breaking up with her blond jock boyfriend (Michael Bowen). He’s gorgeous to look at, but he’s boring and conceited and he does the one thing that drives all teenage girls mad: He sits down next to them in a burger joint and casually helps himself to their lunch.

“One night at a party, Julie meets Randy (Nicolas Cage). He’s a lanky, kind of goofy-looking kid with an appealing, crooked smile. He’s also a punk from across the hills in Hollywood. Julie likes him. He makes her laugh. He’s tender. It’s awesome. She falls in love. And then her friends start working her over with all sorts of dire predictions, such as she’ll be ‘totally dropped’ if she goes out with this grotty punk.

“Caving in to peer pressure, Julie agrees to go to the prom with the jock. And then there’s the big climax where the punk gets his girl. One of the nicest things about this movie is that it allows its kids to be intelligent, thoughtful, and self-analytical. Another thing is that it allows the parents to be 1983 parents. Have you ever stopped to think how dated all the parents in Teenager Movies are? They seem to have been caught in a time warp with Dagwood and Blondie. In VALLEY GIRL, the parents (Frederic Forrest and Colleen Camp) are former hippies from the Woodstock generation, now running a health food restaurant and a little puzzled by their daughter’s preppy friends. It’s a perfect touch.” – Roger Ebert

R, 99 min. Minutes
USA, 1983


"An exploitation film that thoroughly transcends its origins to become a highly appealing romantic comedy. "
- Chicago Reader


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