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Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)


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Release Date: Apr 12, 1985 Wide



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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).



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

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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...

May 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

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

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source:

Classic '80 cheesiness -- a must

September 15, 2005
Kalamazoo Gazette

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

April 13, 2005 | Comment (1)
Juicy Cerebellum

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

August 5, 2004 Full Review Source:

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.
October 14, 2011
Manu Gino

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.
January 19, 2011

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.
January 25, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. Janey Glenn: Jonathan and Lisa are definitely my favorite couple. You know his birthday is the same as mine almost.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (27 days ago)
    1. Janey Glenn: Woo!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (27 days ago)
    1. Janey Glenn: This is really embarrassing.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (27 days ago)
    1. Jeff Malene: So where you were last night? I waited out there for an hour and a half!
    2. Janey Glenn: Well, I tried to tell you that I couldn't go, but you hung up too fast.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (27 days ago)
    1. DTV Host: Live from Chicago: America's number one dance show, Dance TV, is on the air!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (27 days ago)
    1. Lynne Stone: You know what's better than getting mad? Getting even.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (27 days ago)
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