Review: ‘Valley Girl’

Valley is very good simply because director Martha Coolidge obviously cares about her two lead characters and is privileged to have a couple of fine young performers, Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman, to make the audience care.

Valley is very good simply because director Martha Coolidge obviously cares about her two lead characters and is privileged to have a couple of fine young performers, Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman, to make the audience care.

As the title suggests, she’s a definitive valley girl, mouthing all the nonsensical catch phrases recently popularized in song and book. He’s a Hollywood punker who normally wouldn’t venture over the hills into the square valley, except to crash a party where they meet.

Their blazing romance, which shocks her high-school friends, ultimately becomes too socially threatening for Foreman and she cuts it off.

For a change, there aren’t any cartoon problem adults on hand as there often are in these pictures.

Valley Girl

Production

Valley 9000/Atlantic. Director Martha Coolidge; Producer Wayne Crawford, Andrew Lane; Screenplay Wayne Crawford, Andrew Lane; Camera Frederick Elmes; Editor Eva Gardos, Scott Wolk, Marc Levinthal; Art Director Marya Delia Javier

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Nicolas Cage Deborah Foreman Elizabeth Daily Michelle Meyrink Colleen Camp Frederic Forrest
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