Aside from being an amazing time capsule of 1982 Valley Girl fashion, this was also an enjoyable movie. It’s also fun to see how mainstream the “outsider” music has become.* It’s also a nice bit of adolescent exploration: should you give up your friends for a boy you like?**
Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home, while painting toenails purple
*There’s a great falling-in-love montage backed by Modern English’s “I Melt With You” which I was fully introduced to as a Burger King commercial. Also Nicholas Cage and his friends have outfits that transcend time much better than the Valley Girls.
**Generally I would say no, but in this case: yes. Also, aside from this being early Nicholas Cage (before he fixed his teeth!) I also enjoyed Elizabeth Daily as the somewhat slutty friend. She’s got a classic 80s look, (this is her in Better Off Dead) and has a great voice and I’m pleased she’s still working. Mostly voice over work.
poster from: http://www.impawards.com/1983/valley_girl.html
(This poster features the woman who was in the movie in flashback, for maybe two minutes. It does not feature the main female character.)