Valley Girl (1983)

“Nobody’s going to tell me who I can score with!”

A popular “valley girl” (Deborah Foreman) breaks up with her boring boyfriend (Michael Bowen) and begins dating a guy (Nicolas Guy) from across town — but soon her friends peer-pressure her into rethinking her romantic choices.


Martha Coolidge directed this insipid teen romance about a blonde (Foreman) with an infectious smile who is suddenly struck with the urge to break free from her usual routine and milieu. Unfortunately, her character and all other members of her clique are either utterly uninteresting or obnoxiously annoying; perhaps this was intentional, to demonstrate why Foreman is so eager for adventure — but since we don’t care much for her either (she’s two-dimensional), it’s hard to put much stock in her wishy-washy romantic foibles. Cage is fine, but essentially wasted in his first starring role; Cameron Dye as his best buddy looks hauntingly like a young Quentin Tarantino in many shots (I was convinced it was him for the longest time). Fredric Forrest and Colleen Camp are on hand to presumably provide some chuckles as Foreman’s former-hippie parents who run a health food store and are ultra-hip about their daughter’s lifestyle choices — but all the comedic elements of this script pretty much fall flat.

P.S. What’s up with the creepy clown Foreman sleeps with?!

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Fun historic shots of 1980s L.A.

  • Frederick Elmes’ cinematography

Must See?
Nope; this one is strictly must-see for nostalgic fans.


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