- Billing Displacement: Richard Sanders is featured in the opening credits and poster, but only has one scene as a Driver's Ed instructor. His character doesn't even get a name!
- Sleeper Hit: Filmed on a shoestring, the movie was a surprise success, earning $17.5 million off a budget of $350,000.
- Unintentional Period Piece:
- The whole "valley girl" archetype is rooted in the 1980s.
- The film's aesthetic drips period-specific 1980s culture, particularly the hair, clothes and music.
- At Suzi's party, the Valley kids are enjoying the sushi platters as Randy and Fred look on, visibly nauseated. Sushi was very trendy in the Valley in the 80s, but apparently unheard of in Hollywood at the time. Nowadays, sushi is quite common across the country, including in Hollywood.
- Retroactive Recognition: Behind the scenes example, Big Daddy co-wrote and co-produced this movie.
Trivia / Valley Girl