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Valley Girl

Valley Girl

Although our man Nicolas Cage had appeared in small roles in films like FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, it was his breakthrough performance in Martha Coolidge‘s 80’s drenched, coming-of-age romantic comedy VALLEY GIRL that, like, totally put him on our radar, ya know?

Lovely teen Julie Richman (Deborah Foreman) is steeped in the excessive, pink-clad culture of the San Fernando Valley, complete with her narcissistic boyfriend, Tommy (Michael Bowen). At a party, however, Julie falls for an edgy Hollywood punk named Randy (Cage), and the two begin an unlikely romance. Torn between fitting in with her superficial friends and embracing a more non-conformist lifestyle, Julie ultimately has to decide to stay with Tommy or take a risk with Randy.

“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)

“This is one of the great teen romance movies.” (Austin Chronicle)

“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.” (Chicago Reader)

Friday, September 3
Doors 5:50 pm| Movie 6:20 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door


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VALLEY GIRL (Martha Coolidge, 1983 / 14A / 99 mins) Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends.

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