Monday, July 28, 2014
VALLEY GIRL (1983)
While the Romeo and Juliet story idea is alright (it was done more effectively three years later in PRETTY IN PINK), I didn't care for the film because nothing really happens. Yeah, yeah...Julie and Randy are suppose to be in love...but I never got the sense that they were actually in love. She seemed pretty happy to get back with Tommy later on. And Randy came off more like an obsessive stalker than anything else. Hiding in a busy bathroom to see her? Check. Dressing up like a server at a food joint to see her? Yep. Sleeping in her yard to be near her? Yes. Dedicating a song to her on the radio? What a psycho!
There was also a lot of wasted time on shit that never went anywhere. Julie's parents had multiple scenes that could have been cut. The side story about one of Julie's friend's stepmom flirting with a younger dude went nowhere. There was also a thing about Tommy and one of Julie's friends hooking up at a party, but that too just kinda disappeared.
Bland characters, zero tension, the bad guy wasn't bad enough, the good guy wasn't likeable enough, Sherman Oaks Galleria interiors, great soundtrack (the most pleasant surprise was "Sparks - "Eaten By The Monster Of Love" which reminded me of FRIGHT NIGHT), 80's fashions, girl on the poster doesn't even look like Deborah Foreman, Hollywood's version of "punk". Worth watching for historical curiosity...and Elizabeth Daily topless.