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Valley Girl (1983)

R  |   |  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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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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Drivers' Ed Teacher
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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 Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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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)  »

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Bad Boyz  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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When Randy and Fred are in the hills overlooking the Valley, Randy takes a Wowee Whistle from his shirt pocket. Wowee Whistles were novelty harmonicas made from orange chewing wax and were popular Halloween treats during the 1970's and early 1980's. 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

Randy: Where do you work?
Julie Richman: At my parents' store.
Randy: What do they sell?
Julie Richman: Health foods.
Randy: That's cool.
Julie Richman: Like, it's not cool at all! Like, it's all this stuff that tastes like nothing and it's supposed to be so good for you. Why couldn't they, like, open a Pizza Hut or something?
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A Million Miles Away
Performed by The Plimsouls
Written by Peter Case (as Case), Joey Alkes (as Alkes), Chris Fradkin (as Fradkin)
© 1982 Baby Oh Yeah Music / Nineties Music BMI
Courtesy of The David Geffen Co.
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Specific time--yet timeless
1 September 2001 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

Valley Girl will always hold a special place in my heart: I would say this is certainly the best of the 80's teen-sex-comedies, but that is a back-handed compliment. This is a good movie, period. It is very specific in time and place--nearly twenty years later this is a marvelous snapshot--yet its story remains timeless. (This is just Romeo and Juliet, minus the death, after all!) Nicolas Cage is wonderful, showing all the early promise that, it turns out, he has squandered on overblown action crapola. Deborah Foreman is the revelation of this movie, and I can't believe she didn't go on to have a bigger career; someone rediscover her QUICK. This is sweeter and gentler than most films of the genre--the requisite nudity seems thrown in by contractual obligation--and, while not groundbreaking, it certainly is nice to see this kind of movie that respects its characters and doesn't crucify its shallow young girls for having fun--even Foreman's crew of best friends, misguided by peer pressure, are never presented as villains. (Indeed, her friend Stacy, forced to doubledate w/ Cage's friend Fred, has a good time despite her protests, and makes out w/ Fred in the backseat.) This will take you back to the early 80's if you were there, but it holds up quite well today. Warning to those unfamiliar with the movie: do NOT watch one of VH1's seemingly continual showings of it--go rent it in its unedited glory. Otherwise, you are missing some of the movies' most potent, time-specific dialogue. And one can't write about Valley Girl and not mention the fabu soundtrack of great 80's tunes--most of them by one-hit wonders, which are not only integral to the sense of time and place in this movie, but thematically well-chosen. See it--awesome little flick! Fer shur!!


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