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Valley Girl (1983)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 4

With engaging performances from its two leads, Valley Girl is a goofy yet amiable film that both subverts and celebrates the cheerful superficiality of teen comedies.

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 1

With engaging performances from its two leads, Valley Girl is a goofy yet amiable film that both subverts and celebrates the cheerful superficiality of teen comedies.

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A satiric romantic comedy, Martha Coolidge's Valley Girl is a testimony to the short-lived Southern California '80s craze. Julie (Deborah Foreman) is a good-natured teenager following a swarm of pastel pink valley girls, who utter "gag me" at every opportunity. To her friends' dismay , Julie breaks up with her egotistical boyfriend, Tommy (Michael Bowen), while shopping at the mall. All the valley kids go to a party that night, and Tommy immediately tries to bed one of Julie's friends. Randy

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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Wayne Crawford

Aug 5, 2003

Vestron Video

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For a change, there aren't any cartoon problem adults on hand as there often are in these pictures.

July 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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This movie is a little treasure, a funny, sexy, appealing story of a Valley Girl's heartbreaking decision: Should she stick with her boring jock boyfriend, or take a chance on a punk from Hollywood?

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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With characters as dimensionless as these, the film needs either greater irony or greater sympathy than it demonstrates.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Director Martha Coolidge turned a short-lived fad into a genuine sleeper, an exploitation film that thoroughly transcends its origins to become a highly appealing romantic comedy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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homage to the 1980s

August 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

While it's easy to get caught up in the nostalgia of Valley Girl, this datedness also puts some limits on how you can watch the film.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Insightful and genuine.

July 24, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Cage is very good in the role that got him noticed.

June 13, 2005
Entertainment Insiders

Dated yet infectious.

April 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

One of the better '80s teen comedies.

September 18, 2003 Full Review

It's a measure of how, like, totally influential this little film was 20 years ago that there seems to be nothing special about it today.

August 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Coolidge slips some darkness into Valley Girl that never resolves itself with the surrounding sunny void

July 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Ugh! Ick! Gag me with a spoon! This film is an embarrasment.

May 13, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

This is one of the great teen romance movies.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A cute little feature with Cage showing early promise.

December 25, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

It's an enjoyable flick, and it's often real funny.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Audience Reviews for Valley Girl

A seminal eighties teen comedy, "Valley Girl" is so much more than just a vapid romantic comedy. Oh, it's definitely not one of the finer films of the decade for that age group, but not everyone can be John Hughes. Loosely based on both William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and the song of the same name by Frank Zappa, the film itself is a commentary on the valley girls of the San Fernando Valley who lived in affluent neighborhoods. They spent a lot of money, didn't much care for social issues, and had their own dialect and slang that became very popular in the United States after this film was released. While watching this I couldn't help make comparisons to the equally thoughtless and classic "Clueless." While that film put a lot of emphasis on wealth and privilege, this film exclusively deals with the social boundaries set up between the well-off kids in the valley and the punk rock kids at Hollywood High. Two of them cross paths at a party, and instantly fall for each other. They are separated by class, community, and place but have a very strong connection, and that actually comes off well onscreen. It's a very lively and fun kind of film, and though it doesn't have the depth of even "Clueless" or the humor, it does what it sets out to do, and that's to show two people brought together in a high school setting. The soundtrack is phenomenal with new wave bands and classic punk and rock, which is always playing in the background. The performances are actually really great for this kind of schlock, including a very melodramatic and anger fueled punk performance from a young and unknown Nicolas Cage. Even the girl's friends have personalities, including a performance from voice actress Elizabeth Daily. This may not be one of the better films of the time, but it's easy fun and there are so many great songs to make up for inconsiderate writing.
March 26, 2013
FrizzDrop

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The quintessential val movie! This hilarious comedy is an essential for 80s teen movie fans. The plot is like a modern day Romeo and Juliet, but more subtle, as the conflict is that her friends don't like who she's dating (her parents are hippies who're cool with him). I love this movie, it's a fun romantic comedy drama, and I highly recommend it.
January 13, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

A complete train-wreck that had just enough ridiculously brutal and melodramatic scenes (not to mention clumsy and accidental sexism and racism) to get me through to the end, asking "how much worse can this get?" the whole time. Valley Girl is a laugh riot, though I can't imagine that being its intention. It's a curious artifact and one that sadly I can foresee being remade one day (as all the truly terrible movies are), and while the performances by Cage, Forrest and Elizabeth Daily are decent, they aren't even close to enough to save this one. Tons of fun, though - if you can stop laughing long enough to hear the next terrible line! The soundtrack makes it watchable, but still, it's one for nostalgia buffs only.
October 22, 2008
danperry17

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