Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) - Rotten Tomatoes

Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)

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Ostensibly based on the hit single by Cyndi Lauper, Girls Just Want to Have Fun is actually a spoof of the MTV generation. High school chums Janey (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Lynne (Helen Hunt) desperately try to enter a dance contest on a major cable-TV channel. The major obstacle to this goal is Janey's father, stiff-necked Colonel Glenn (Ed Lauter). The girls' most hated rival is rich-witch Natalie Sands (Holly Gagnier), who buys her way into the dance show. The plot, what there is of it, falls apart long before the final scene, but Girls Just Want to Have Fun gets by thanks to the winning performances of stars Parker and Hunt.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Comedy
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Studio:
New World Video

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Cast

Sarah Jessica Parker
as Janey Glenn
Lee H. Montgomery
as Jeff Malene
Morgan Woodward
as J.P. Sands
Helen Hunt
as Lynne
Ed Lauter
as Col. Glenn
Biff Yeager
as Malene
Holly Gagnier
as Natalie Sands
Shannen Doherty
as Maggie Malene
Ian Giatti
as Zachary Glenn
Margaret Howell
as Mrs. Glenn
Richard Blade
as DTV Host
Lee Arnone
as Mrs. Lemsky
Mark Caso
as Wolf
Deanna Claire
as Tiffany
Candace Daly
as Girl in Hallway
Olive Dunbar
as Sister Kathleen
Candice Daly
as Girl in Hallway
Larry Gelman
as Tailor
Valerie Grear
as Sister Immaculata
Steve LaChance
as Ben Wolpert
Phineas Newborn III
as Quarterback Dancer
Jim Ruttman
as Dancer
Steve La Chance
as Ben Wolpert
Sharron Shayne
as Choir Sister
J.W. Smith
as Police Officer
Sharon Shayne
as Choir Sister
Cecilie A. Stuart
as Featured Dancer
Michael Higgins
as Featured Dancer
Alison Brown
as Featured Dancer/Gymnast
Robin Antin
as Dancer
Zoe Trilling
as Dancer
Tita Omeze
as Dancer
Regan Patno
as Dancer
Mark Slama
as Dancer
Linda Talcott
as Dancer
Paris Vaughan
as Dancer
Scott Coffey
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Girls Just Want to Have Fun

All Critics (13)

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
DVDTalk.com

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
Filmcritic.com

Audience Reviews for Girls Just Want to Have Fun

½

A stupid teen flick that may be mildly amusing at times but is mostly really silly and forgettable, with awful dialogue and clichés everywhere, being only worth it for its nice '80s songs and not much else.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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
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
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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