A group of four teenage girls come of age in the asphalt desert of the San Fernando Valley arranged with a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.

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Mrs. Axman
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Loser (as Jon Sloan)
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Four best friends, with four different personalities, have issues of their own. Deidre is fascinated by her sexuality and has many boyfriend problems. Madge is unhappily overweight and has overprotective parents. Annie boozes and does drugs, and runs away from her abusive father, a policeman. Jeanie has to take care of them and is fighting with her divorced mother. The only way to loosen up, and forget all the bad things happening in their lives, is to party and have fun. Jeanie is ready to grow up and wants to stop acting like a child. Annie is the worst of them all and Jeanie is worried about her the most. She risks her neck more than once trying to keep Annie clean and free from trouble. But Annie's unstable behavior and flare ups keeps everyone on edge. Written by Anonymous

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Sweet sixteen and never been kids. See more »

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The soundtrack of this 1980 movie featured a song called "More Than a Feeling". Director Adrian Lyne's later film Flashdance (1983) had a hit song called "Flashdance... What a Feeling". See more »

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Brad's hair changes during shots, while riding home with the girls after the Angel concert. See more »

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Madge: [after Jeanie was talking to a pimp on Hollywood Boulevard, looking for Annie] God, Jeanie, I don't know how you could even talk to that guy. I mean like, he looks like a... He could hypnotize you like a cobra or something you know, and the next thing you're out on the Boulevard and you're dressed like the Pointer Sisters.
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Fly Too High
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Lyrics by Janis Ian
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Performed by Janis Ian
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Pretty accurate
18 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Story about four teenage girls growing up in California. Jeanie (Jodie Foster) is the most level-headed of the bunch--but wants to move out of her house where she lives with her divorced mother (Sally Kellerman). Annie (Cherie Currie) is addicted to drugs, alcohol and bad boys and is beaten up by her father. Madge (Marilyn Kagan) has overprotective parents. Deirde (Kandice Stroh) thinks she's more mature than the rest of them.

This is nothing new from what we've seen plenty of times before--but this one has one big difference--it's accurate. I graduated from high school in 1980 (when I first saw the film) and I was surprised at how realistic it was. They got the dialogue, clothes and attitudes down completely right. Even the main song of the movie ("On the Radio" by Donna Summer) was a big hit before this came out. This film hit me harder than any other teen film of the time because I could understand and relate to the characters. I knew girls in high school who were just like this! The film is (of course) dated but it captures a time we will never see again.

The acting is good on all counts with Foster giving the best performance. The relationship between her and Kellerman (who was excellent) was realistic and well-done. Even Scott Baio (who has a small role as a friend of the girls) more or less realistically played a teen boy.

A very good movie--essential viewing if you came of age in 1980. The film has a deserved R rating (plenty of drug use and swearing) but should be seen by all teens. I give it a 8.


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