Valley Girl (1983)
March 4, 2016 5:10 PM - Subscribe

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. Top notch soundtrack.

NYTimes: The best things are the costumes, the hit-filled soundtrack and the occasional Valley gag that works, like the tender moment when Julie tries to tell her dad she's got a problem she'd like to discuss with him. ''That's easy,'' he says, before she can even explain. ''Take it back and get the more expensive ones. The expensive ones always fit better.''

Roger Ebert: And here's one more nice thing about "Valley Girl." Maybe because it was directed by a woman, Martha Coolidge, this is one of the rare Teenager Movies that doesn't try to get laughs by insulting and embarrassing teenage girls.
Everybody's in the same boat in this movie -- boys and girls -- and they're all trying to do the right thing and still have a good time. It may be the last thing you'd expect from a movie named "Valley Girl," but the kids in this movie are human.

'Valley Girl' Turns 30

Filming Locations

Hiddenmusic55: The Valley Girl Soundtrack


posted by MoonOrb (8 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
God, I love this movie so much. I know Nic Cage has flamed out now, but his awkward unusual sexy character totally rang my bells as a teenager.
posted by purenitrous at 7:52 PM on March 4, 2016 [3 favorites]

Deb Foreman is superb in this too. In a different world, she would have been the movie's breakout star.
posted by maxsparber at 8:01 PM on March 4, 2016

My very first R-rated movie--at least as far as my parents were concerned. Great choice, 17-year-old me!
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 8:46 PM on March 4, 2016

Oh bitchin is this in 3D?
posted by one_bean at 10:11 AM on March 5, 2016 [2 favorites]

Fun fact--Julie's parents (played by Colleen Camp and Frederic Forest) both had roles in Apocalypse Now.
posted by MoonOrb at 1:00 PM on March 5, 2016

Okay, fine. For sure, for sure.
posted by Naberius at 10:50 AM on March 6, 2016

It's called "living on the edge".
posted by lkc at 12:39 PM on March 7, 2016

This came out a year before Sixteen Candles, so this is my tabula rasa for 80s teen movies. It roped me bigtime, not the least because I was already familiar with a lot of the music. Definitely in my top 10 movies I've seen the most times. I think I actually tried to live it for a while.

Watching "Breaking Bad" I remember going, "I know that dude." Tommy.

Music by Scott Wilk, whose band released a very good album before he worked on this movie. I'd love for Record Store Day to bring me a Valley Girl OST with all the other music. He also did the "Duckman" theme!
posted by rhizome at 3:49 AM on March 10, 2016 [1 favorite]

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