Julie's cool, Randy's hot. She's from the Valley, he's like'so not! Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman star in this "sweet, fast, unpretentious [and] funny" (Los Angeles Times) romance that mixes preppies, punkers and a "hit... more »-filled soundtrack" (The New York Times)including The Plimsouls and Modern Englishinto an iconic cult film that's "entertaining" (New York)'to the max! Julie is, like, so over her preppy boyfriend, she dumps him on the escalator at the Galleria. And when she meets punker Randy, her eyes practically bug out because she thinks he's sexy even though he makes her friends gag! But even if Randy's ready to stop the world and melt with her, can Julie risk her losing her friends and her super-popularity at school just to be with him?« less
I have loved this movie since it first came out. I think it is a great story on how to not judge someone by the way they look. Oh course it is so funny to sees Nicolas Cage at a young age!
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Amy R. from COSTA MESA, CA Reviewed on 2/14/2011...
I first saw this movie as I was beginning my teenage years and all the valley girl stuff was starting. I thought this was funny way back then and even more entertaining now. Mabye I'm just entertained by the idea of being entertained by it:)
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Finally it's here!
Ei | Seekonk, Massachusetts | 01/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had this movie on vhs for years and must have watched it a million times as it's just that kind of film I like to watch over and over and never get tired of.
Then, the day after my birthday last summer, it came out on dvd. It seemed like perfect timing..I thought for sure I'd get it as a gift. I didn't. I did get a late Christmas present from my husband a few days ago, and this was it.
It is the most romantic gift he gave me next to the sparkly diamond stud earrings. I think this movie belongs in the class.
Why? Well, first off, I am 34 yrs old, which make this movie one of many of my generation. It brings me back to those glory days of 1980's high school.
"Valley Girl" is a romantic comedy/drama, that has so much heart and such a clear and simple message of it's what inside that counts. Frederick Forrest, who plays the father to Julie, who is played by Deborah Foreman, and is Valley Girl extradionare, delivers some of the best lines of the movie in the scene where he talks to her about what really matters in life.
This is a very 80's version of Romeo & Juliet instead it's Randy & Julie. Randy, who is played by a very young Nicholas Cage, is the punker dude type that Julie falls in love with. Their's is a typical teenage romance with phony friends and a jilted ex boyfriend trying to tear it all to pieces.
"Valley Girl" has a bittersweet quality to it. I always cry when I watch it, and my heart swells up like a balloon. It sounds corny, but it's true. I still adore it after all these years.
The dvd had some good extras, I'm still checking some out, can't comment on all of them. One really good bit of trivia I learned is that Michael Bowen, who played Tommy, the Valley dude boyfriend of Julie, has appeared in a few Quention Tarentino films. It seems QT is a fan of this small, indy film..Gee, I wonder why? It's totally cool to know that now. I am only sad that Deb Foreman is not among the stars that came back after 20 years to be interviewed for this special edition disc.I highly recommend this to fans of 80's films, or even just films about the 80's, or fans of love stories...Oh to heck with it, all movie fans will find something to appreciate in the movie "Valley Girl". My husband did.Eileen F."
Cage: The ultimate rebel
Ei | 12/11/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Most comments concerning this film seem to concentrate on the simple plot, lite storyline, etc. I believe this film is a winner because of the way Nicholas Cage renders wrong-side-of-the-tracks punk god Randy. Really, we're almost talking about two different movies when we look at Cage's scenes and the scenes in which he's absent. The Cage-less scenes deliver somewhat predictable bopper-movie fare. When Cage appears onscreen, however, we observe a genuine rebel who is not afraid to admit to his best pal that his life has no meaning without Valley Girl Julie in it.Cage owns this film as he struts before the camera in black leather and chains, bronzed bangs whipping in the Valley breeze. He will not rest until he gets the girl.Memorable scenes in which Cage takes charge:1. The party crashing scene. Cage and sidekick Fred (Cameron Dye, where have you gone?) electrify the Valley crowd as they infiltrate in search of hot girls. Cage finds his and the story takes off.2. Scene in the gritty Hollywood bar, in which Cage simply tells Julie he must see her again. The Plimsouls are on stage and life is grand.3. Vignette in which Cage and Julie get to know each other. Sure, a tad cheesy, but this vignette, powered by "I Melt With You," set the standard for such cheese.4. Cage admitting to Fred that he's miserable without Julie. Cage blowing his frustrations out through a toy kazoo (or is it a Pez dispenser) anchors this scene and makes it believable.4. Prom night, of course. Cage and Fred have a plan to get Julie back. Will it work? "Let's...squash...that...fly"Best lines in the movie:Julie speaking to other Valley girls of the reasons she's thinking of dumping Tommy-the-tow-headed-surfer-dude:"He makes me feel like...AN OLD CHAIR" (spoken with much Valley Girl intensity.Tommy, speaking to his cronies after Julie has dumped him for the first time. (this is a bit of a paraphrase)."I can't believe she dumped me. Who else is she going to get? WHAT OTHER VAL DUDE CAN TOUCH ME?"**************************************In sum, I believe this to be Cage's best performance ever. How surprising that it's his first. Too bad he never did anything like this again."
D. Case | San Rafael, CA | 12/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the ultimate love story- and chalk full of teen angst. The soundtrack alone is enough to make anyone who was a teen in the 80's love it. On top of the music you get classic lines, great clothes, Nicholas Cage and Deborah Foreman at their best, a Mrs. Robinson storyline, the utlimate hippie parents, and an all-time prom scene. Like Julie's dad says- "Things were different back then. Different priorities. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll." (not sure that's an exact quote, but it's close). This movie is way too hard to get a hold of. My copy of a copy is not going to make it much longer. This movie must be made on DVD, so I can force my son to watch it when the time comes. What better way to experience the 80's!"
Great to see this on DVD
Teen Movie Buff | Melbourne, Australia | 11/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Despite the complaint from another viewer (above) that this DVD falls short of being the luxury edition the film deserves, I was thrilled to come across "Valley Girl" on DVD. I'd previously only seen this movie on an ex-rental VHS tape, circa early 1980s, because "Valley Girl" appears never to have been re-issued on VHS in Australia. As well as being an obvious improvement on the VHS version in technical terms, the DVD has the added attraction of Martha Coolidge's audio commentary. Her commentary on this DVD is considerably superior to that of Amy Heckerling and Cameron Crowe on the DVD of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High", which I found overly casual and less informative (sorry Amy, I still love your films). Although I'd seen "Valley Girl" many times, Coolidge's commentary gave me a lot more insight into the film. She communicates at a level that the general public can understand, but doesn't neglect to discuss technical and business factors that importantly influenced the end product. Coolidge's commentary on "Valley Girl" is collected, engaging, detailed and very informative. The insight she provides into matters such as the work put into the film's colour scheme, the organisation of the brilliant party scene and the way budgetary constraints determined some aspects of the film is exemplary. Although this film is without doubt an icon of 1980s popular culture, it's also a remarkable accomplishment in filmmaking more generally: a movie that derives its premise from exploitation film but emerges as a more appealing and ideologically sound piece of youth entertainment than anyone expected of teen movies in that era."