Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Valley Girl. 1983. DVD. Via Netflix. Rated R.
The Plot: Julie is from the Valley; Randy from Hollywood. These two teenagers meet and fall in love, but they're from two different worlds. How can it possibly work?
The Good: It works because, hello, Nicolas Cage is playing Randy. 'Nuff said.
Did I mention Nicolas Cage?
Young Nic Cage.
Oh, right. The film.
Actually, surprisingly, this is not Nic's film. Oh, yeah, he plays Randy the Romeo love interest; but this is really Julie's film. It's her friends we meet, her family, her home, her school. Ultimately, it's her decisions and choices that shape the plot, whether its Julie breaking up with her preppy boyfriend Tommy at the start of the film because she's unhappy or giving in to peer pressure to break up with Randy later, because she cannot stand up to the pressure from her friends to reunite with Tommy.
1983. Great music (I want this CD!); and clothes and hairstyle are used to show the difference between Julie and her friends and Randy and his clubbing life. They listen to records; use dimes to make phone calls; it's the hippy parents (who just got married last September!) who smoke pot, not their daughter. Oh, and don't let the "valley speak" scare you off.
In listening to the director's commentary, I learned that she was told to show naked breasts four times to ensure an R Rating.
Do I really have to say anything other than Nicolas Cage and Modern English's I Melt With You?
How about this: "When they attack the car, save the radio."
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