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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. Written by
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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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