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Valley Girl (1983)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  29 April 1983 (USA)
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Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends.

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Cast

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Randy
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Julie Richman
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Loryn
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Tommy
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Fred Bailey
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Stacey
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Suzi Brent
Tina Theberge ...
Samantha
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Beth Brent
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Drivers' Ed Teacher
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Sarah Richman
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Storyline

Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

She's cool. He's hot. She's from the Valley. He's not. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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29 April 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bad Boyz  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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Colleen Camp is only 9 years older than her on-screen daughter Deborah Foreman. See more »

Goofs

When Julie and Tommy are at Du-par's, he puts his bracelet on her wrist, but because he does not properly fasten the clasp, one end of the bracelet clearly falls open on the table. Deborah Foreman has to obviously keep her wrist rigid on the table for the rest of the scene in order to keep the bracelet from slipping any further. See more »

Quotes

Fred Bailey: [warily surveying party food] What you got running here, a bait shop?
Suzi Brent: Like, it's sushi, don't you know?
[points at each platter as she identifies them]
Suzi Brent: Like, this here is tuna, that's flying fish egg, and that's sea urchin.
Randy: This is pistachio paste, isn't it?
[picks up a smear of wasabi with a chopstick and eats it; he then watches party guests enjoying the sushi]
Randy: Dig in, Fred.
Fred Bailey: [shudders] I think I'll go get something to drink.
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Soundtracks

Oldest Story in the World
Performed by The Plimsouls
Written by Peter Case
© 1983 Baby Oh Yeah Music BMI
Courtesy of The David Geffen Co.
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Watchable, but could have been better
2 November 2003 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Unlike most teen movies of the era, "Valley Girl" has a sweet nature to it, despite the presence of material like foul language, nudity, and sex. You feel a good deal of warmth towards these characters (at least those that deserve it). The romance itself is tender, and focuses more on genuine love than lust. There's also a great '80s soundtrack, and the movie looks very good for what was a $350,000 budget.

Though I feel pretty amiable towards the movie, I must admit that it was far from perfect. The movie never made clear just what attracted these two people together in the first place, nor did it make clear what they found in common that was keeping them together in the relationship. Also, the solution the protagonists use in the final minutes to resolve the crisis that came up is terribly lazy and unimaginative. Then there are some scenes (such as the subplot involving another teen attracted to an older woman) that seem to serve no real purpose. But considering the screenplay was written in just 10 days, I guess I shouldn't be surprised by these weaknesses. If they had spent the time to beef up the screenplay, this may very well have deserved the "classic" label it currently has.


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