Janey is new in town and soon meets Lynne, who shares her passion for dancing in general and "Dance TV" in particular.


Alan Metter


Amy Spies





Cast overview, first billed only:
Biff Yeager ... Mr. Malene
Kristi Somers ... Rikki
Richard Blade Richard Blade ... DTV Host
Ian Michael Giatti ... Zach (as Ian Giatti)
Shannen Doherty ... Maggie Malene
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Janey
Lee Montgomery ... Jeff
Helen Hunt ... Lynne
Morgan Woodward ... J.P. Sands
Ed Lauter ... Col. Glenn
Jonathan Silverman ... Drew
Holly Gagnier ... Natalie
Margaret Howell Margaret Howell ... Mrs. Glenn
Terence McGovern ... Ira
Lee Arnone Lee Arnone ... Mrs. Lemsky


Janey is new in town and soon meets Lynne, who shares her passion for dancing in general and "Dance TV" in particular. When a competition is announced to find a new Dance TV regular couple, Janey and Lynne are determined to audition. The only problem is that Janey's father doesn't approve of that kind of thing. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Comedy | Music | Romance


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Notable for featuring Cyndi Lauper's song made famous in 1983 in its title and soundtrack, but instead uses a cover version by Deborah Galli. See more »


In the first dance of the movie when some dancers lay down to spell out DTV, a boy and girl in green spell out the V. In the wide shot, the girl lays down on the outside (right side of the screen) and the boy lays down on the inside and they don't put their legs together to spell out the V, they just lay down parallel. In the close up shot, they are switched and their legs are together to spell out the V. See more »


Jeff: So I tried to call you yesterday... to see if you wanted to reherse, I mean.
Janey: Oh, ummm... well my dad made us all go to the airshow.
Jeff: Was it fun?
Janey: 200 people standing around like this
[looks up at the sky and sarcastically says]
Janey: It was a blast!
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Dancing in Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)
Performed by Q-Feel
Written by Martin Page & Brian Fairweather
Produced by Martin Page & Brian Fairweather
Q-Feel Appears Courtesy of Zomba Productions, Ltd.
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Girls just want to have fun makes you want to dance, or be a dancer
20 May 1999 | by Meredith-7See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film in the cinemas when I was 10 years old. At the end of the film all the audience clapped and cheered, I had never seen that phenomenon before and have not experienced it since. The film may be slightly predictable, but it is a must see for any pre-teen or teenage girl. Before my after school dance lessons me and my friends would always watch this film to put us in a dancing mood. Just like Top Gun encouraged people to be pilots, Girls Just Want to have Fun makes you want to dance, or be a dancer. Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt are terrific in their roles, a sign of things to come perhaps? While lee Montgomery was ever so cute!. I have to say though my favorite scene(s) are the "I Can Fly" routine, the audition process and the dance off at the end. In summary this film may be lightweight but it sure is a lot of fun-even almost 15 years later.

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Release Date:

12 April 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Girls Just Want to Have Fun: The Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,650,078, 14 April 1985

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New World Pictures, Girls See more »
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Dolby | Mono



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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