Valley Girl is my favorite movie of all time. Here's why:
  1. The music
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    It's all great, but mostly two words: The Plimsouls. Oh, two more: Josie Cotton!
  2. Nicolas Cage
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    When you were so adept at genuine expressions and body language that you hardly needed to speak to tell your story. Watch as Randy leaves the prom after regaining his love, Julie. Pure, raw triumph.
  3. The setting
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    The San Fernando Valley, specifically the West Valley, was my home. Watching it is, like, seeing old family home movies.
  4. The story
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    Popular Valley Girl Julie dumps Val Dude meathead Tommy for Randy, the cool, dangerous boy from over the hill. Julie's friends want her to stay with her own kind. It's Romeo and Juliet without the poison.
  5. Julie's parents
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    Colleen Camp and Frederick Forrest are Valley hippies (translation: health food store owners who own a really nice house), who dole out wise advice and are a nice '60s counterpart to the 1980s-era Valley vibe.
  6. Deborah Foreman
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    I wondered for years if the girl who played Julie—the ultimate Valley Girl—was the same Deborah Foreman I went to school with ... in the Valley. I later found out it wasn't her, but it would have been tripindicular if it was.
  7. Sherman Oaks Galleria
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    The ultimate Valley mall, fer shur!