Valley Girl
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A satiric romantic comedy, Martha Coolidge's Valley Girl is a testimony to the short-lived Southern California '80s craze. Julie (Deborah Foreman) is a good-natured teenager following a swarm of pastel pink valley girls, who utter "gag me" at every opportunity. To her friends' dismay , Julie breaks up with her egotistical boyfriend, Tommy (Michael Bowen), while shopping at the mall. All the valley kids go to a party that night, and Tommy immediately tries to bed one of Julie's friends. Randy (Nicolas Cage), a bad boy from Hollywood, shows up and crashes the party.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For a change, there aren't any cartoon problem adults on hand as there often are in these pictures."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Director Martha Coolidge turned a short-lived fad into a genuine sleeper, an exploitation film that thoroughly transcends its origins to become a highly appealing romantic comedy."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Insightful and genuine."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of the better '80s teen comedies."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Ugh! Ick! Gag me with a spoon! This film is an embarrasment."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"This movie is a little treasure, a funny, sexy, appealing story of a Valley Girl's heartbreaking decision: Should she stick with her boring jock boyfriend, or take a chance on a punk from Hollywood?"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"homage to the 1980s"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Cage is very good in the role that got him noticed."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"It's a measure of how, like, totally influential this little film was 20 years ago that there seems to be nothing special about it today."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"This is one of the great teen romance movies."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"With characters as dimensionless as these, the film needs either greater irony or greater sympathy than it demonstrates."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"While it's easy to get caught up in the nostalgia of Valley Girl, this datedness also puts some limits on how you can watch the film."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"Dated yet infectious."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Coolidge slips some darkness into Valley Girl that never resolves itself with the surrounding sunny void"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"A cute little feature with Cage showing early promise."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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