Valley Girl

Director: Martha Coolidge
Screenwriters: Wayne Crawford, Andrew Lane

Institute History

  • 1986 Sundance Film Festival


Valley Girl was one of the first, and remains on of the most fresh “prep meets punk” films, a kind of hip, er, California version of “Romeo and Juliet.” Julie (Deborah Foreman) breaks up with her Valley boyfriend and, straying far from the usual clique, takes up with Randy )Nicolas Cage), a hot punkster from another part of town—Hollywood. Her friends are shocked and even her free-spirited 60’s parents want Julie back in the fold. Valley Girl is always clever and upbeat. Put it in a time capsule and it will emerge one hundred years from now as a surprisingly apt and, in fact, charming portrait of southern Californian clothes, slang and sounds in happy collision.

Screening Details

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