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YMMV / Valley Girl

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  • Adorkable: Fred's awkward attempts to pick up girls at Suzi's party and, later, his attempt to woo Stacey during the trip to Hollywood are oddly endearing.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The famous soundtrack, which, for at least 10 years after the film's release, was not available in wide release until Rhino Records released not just one, but two soundtrack CDs.
    • Modern English's "I Melt With You" plays during the montage of Julie's dates with Randy, as well as when they escape the Valley High junior prom, heading to the Valley Sheraton in Tommy's rented limousine.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: Michael Bowen (Tommy) went on to play bigger jerkasses in Kill Bill (Buck) and Breaking Bad (Uncle Jack).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The entire scene with Randy and Fred and the sushi, considering that Nicolas Cage's current wife is a waitress at a sushi restaurant!
    • Loryn is played by E.G. Daily who later plays the kind of character who would not stand for slut-shaming and gaslighting jerkasses like Tommy.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Loryn is Elizabeth Daily; Dotty, Tommy Pickles, and Buttercup, among other roles.
    • Which leads to retroactive Squick when you remember that she has a topless scene in the movie. Pass the Brain Bleach, please.
    • Behind the scenes example, Big Daddy co-wrote and co-produced this movie.
  • Values Dissonance: The sleepover scene where the girls discuss dieting and gossip about a girl who binges and purges to keep slim (as they eat chips, ice cream, and cookies). When Julie eats a cookie, the girls tell her to be careful because Randy might like the lean, Hollywood look and because Tommy doesn't date fat girls. At the prom, Stacey tells another girl that she won't eat anything until after she and her date leave so that she can "scarf up half the menu" at the hotel that they'll be going to. While the film doesn't seem to promote the idea of eating disordered behavior and framed the behavior as shallow, in the era of an awareness of body image and the effects of fat-shaming, this scene would not fly.


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