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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.Read more ›
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...Read more ›
-Right before Julie and her friend, Stacy, leave to the party at Suzy's house, the song"Angst in My Pants" by Sparks is being played and the camera zooms slowly into the dancing crowd while the song is being played. In the DVD , they cut straight to the scene at the party where Julie is talking to Tommy so this part is cut off.......why?????
- The music in the party scene sounds low and distant in the background. I've seen this movie several times on tv,cable and video before and the music seemed more audible and enhanced.
-The song, "Who Can It Be Now" by Men at Work is missing. It was supposed to be played in the scene where Nicolas Cage is hiding in the shower tub waiting for Julie(Deborah Foreman) to go to the restroom so he can ask her out.
-Though I do like the interviews with the actors and director, Nicolas Cage, E.G. Daily, Martha Coolidge, etc.Where is Deborah Foreman?? She is the title character! I would have loved to see her interviewed.
These quips may sound miniscule to some but I wanted to feel that same nostalgia that I always have felt when watching Valley Girl and just didn't this time around.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every bit as important as The Breakfast Club or 16 candles to the late 80's.
Under rated but awesone film.
The cover shown is not the one I received; it's of Nicholas Cage and Deborah Foreman but it's just a close up of he & she with a black/red background and writingPublished 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
in my top 5 favorite 80's movies! nicolas cage was so innocent, deborah foreman is beautiful, the chemistry is like totally awesome!Published 11 days ago by S. Castle
Picture's a little dim. Reminds me of a bootleg or burn copy but the menu, including special features etc. works and the film is highly watchable ... a fave from my teens.Published 14 days ago by Sharon M.T.
It was just as awesome as I remember it being in the '80's.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer