Valley Girl has probably the most 80s thing ever filmed outside of a Miami Vice episode: a dating montage set to Modern English’s “I Melt With You”. So awesome.
I recently rewatched Valley Girl (a movie way better than you probably remember, by the way) and it’s weirdly schizophrenic. Martha Coolidge (the director) nails the valley girls; she films them like she’s making a National Geographic documentary on a exotic alien subculture. They are pitch perfect.
But then literally all of the punk stuff is just hilariously wrong. For one thing, what are The Plimsouls doing at a punk club? I mean, “A Million Miles Away” is a great pop song, but The Plimsouls are about as punk as the The Byrds. Especially odd as you could have probably thrown a rock outside the studio and hit Fear or the Angry Samoans or somebody. Plus the usual problem that Nicolas Cage isn’t dressed “punk” so much as “what a studio costumer thinks ‘punk’ is after watching that one episode of Quincy”.
Still, Valley Girl. Good movie.