Julie’s cool, Randy’s hot. She’s from the Valley, he is like’so not! Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman star in this “sweet, fast, unpretentious [and] funny” (Los Angeles Times) romance that mixes preppies, punkers and a “hit-filled soundtrack” (The New York Times)including The Plimsouls and Modern Englishinto an iconic cult film that’s “entertaining” (New York)’to the max! Julie is, like, so over her preppy boyfriend, she dumps him on the escalator at the Galleria. And when she meets punker Randy, her eyes practically bug out because she thinks he is sexy even if he makes her friends gag! But even supposing Randy’s in a position to stop the world and melt with her, can Julie risk her losing her friends and her super-popularity at school just to be with him?
Valley Girl is, like–Omigod!–one of the crucial “tubular” teen comedies of the early 1980s. This movie launched Nicolas Cage’s career, and it’s easy to see why: Following his tiny role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Cage is perfectly cast as a Hollywood punk who immediately falls for Julie (the impossible to resist Deborah Foreman), a San Fernando “Valley Girl”–a brighter variant of the stereotype immortalized in Moon Unit Zappa’s 1982 novelty song–who will have to choose from wild-boy Nic and her preening jock boyfriend (Mark Bowen). Fortunately, Julie knows what’s right for her (even supposing her “Val” friends don’t), and in refreshing defiance of teen-flick tradition, her post-hippie parents (Frederic Forrest, Colleen Camp) are supportively cool. With sincere humor, a full of life soundtrack of ’80s hits, and a time-capsule cruise of Hollywood landmarks, Valley Girl is both timeless and nostalgic, owing much of its lasting appeal to Martha Coolidge’s sensitive direction. Fer sure, y’know, it definitely won’t gag you with a spoon. –Jeff Shannon