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Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 13
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No Reviews Yet...
Release Date: Apr 12, 1985 Wide

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 43,326



Movie Info

On her first day at an all-girls Catholic High School in Chicago, shy and reserved Janey Glenn (Sarah Jessica Parker) meets the wild and wacky Lynne Sands (Helen Hunt). Even though her oppressive dad, Col. Glenn (Ed Lauter), won't let her go, Lynne talks her into sneaking out to try out for a spot on the beloved show Dance TV. Janey wows the judges with her gymnastic ability and makes first cuts, conveniently assigned to a cute dance partner: blue-collar bad boy Jeff Malene (Lee H. Montgomery). … More

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Jul 26, 2005
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Critic Reviews for Girls Just Want to Have Fun

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (8) | DVD (7)

Dance to the cheesy '80s beat with tweens and up.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

We all know a movie like this isn't appealing to anyone beside the folks who grew up during that time. And even they will be compelled to cringe at its mention...

Full Review… | May 14, 2008
Cinema Crazed

It's a total wannabe in the realm of 80s teen flicks.

Full Review… | May 6, 2008

Classic '80 cheesiness -- a must

September 15, 2005
Kalamazoo Gazette

Nostalgia forces me to like this. Yes I feel guilty!

April 13, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

Sarah Jessica Parker's embarrassing contribution to that much-studied genre known as the "'80s teen movie"

Full Review… | August 5, 2004

Metter's "Girls" may just want to have fun but for the rest of us this concept is just wishful thinking.

June 4, 2003

If you're going to base a movie on a song, why not choose a song that's, y'know, about something?

July 25, 2002

Audience Reviews for Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Getting into trouble is easy but getting out of it is all the fun!

Good 80's movie! I very much enjoyed and like this movie, the dancing, the song's were all great. It's a good old 80's movie and there's nothing better than the 80's!

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.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Such a fun 80s movie with great dancing & music to go along with it :) :) :) :) One of my all time faves (:

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

This teen dance comedy is a lot of fun, girls will especially like this movie for the romance and Parker's character. I really liked this movie.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer


I bought this at an Albertson's to get cash back for the DPS before I realized that even a cheapy DVD costs more than an ATM fee. To those who don't live in Texas, that's a grocery store and the DMV. Wouldn't it be great if Texas also had different names for DVD and ATM?

Kinda fun. Plot is like Hairspray, but it came even before John Water's original. All the characters get their falls from grace and subsequent redemptions. I like SJP in almost every other role besides Carrie Bradshaw. Helen Hunt must have had that voice since she was six.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Girls Just Want to Have Fun Quotes

Lynne Stone: My name's Lynne Stone. Janey Glenn: Hi. Lynne Stone: But I'm gonna change it as soon as I'm old enough.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
Janey Glenn: He's just uh! You know. I mean, uh! Lynne Stone: Is he gonna call you tomorrow? Janey Glenn: Yeah, I think so.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
Lynne Stone: Whenever I'm in a room with a guy, no matter who it is - a date my dentist, anybody - I think, if we were the last two people on earth, would I puke if he kissed me?
– Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
Natalie Sands: This... means... *war*.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
Natalie Sands: My shrink is right - I'm unloved, unappreciated, I only have one car...
– Submitted by Alyssa B (4 months ago)
Janey Glenn: Jonathan and Lisa are definitely my favorite couple. You know his birthday is the same as mine almost.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (6 months ago)

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