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Valley Girl (Special Guests!)

Valley Girl director Martha Coolidge and co-stars Cameron Dye, Elizabeth Daily and Heidi Holicker will join us IN PERSON, schedule permitting, on Friday, February 17, to talk about their ’80s classic! It’s a preppies-vs-punkers, suburbs-vs-Hollywood heart thumper as this hoodrat Romeo and Juliet prom-com perfectly captures the slang-riddled radness of SoCal life in the ‘80s as seen through director Martha Coolidges’ slyly satirical lens. A young, seriously hot Nicolas Cage plays Valley Girl princess Deborah Foreman’s opposites-attract punk object of desire. But can their new wave romance survive societal pressures and shallow friends? Like, oh my god, totally fer sure! Electric chemistry between the two leads, a tubular supporting cast (E.G. Daily! Michael Bowen!) and pitch-perfect dialog make this Los Angeles love adventure a timeless classic. And the fab soundtrack will have you bopping along to Sparks, Modern English and other bitchen KROQ hits!

Karyn Kusama discusses Valley Girl for Trailers from Hell.

Director
Martha Coolidge
Starring
Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Elizabeth Daily, Michael Bowen, Cameron Dye, Lee Purcell, Colleen Camp, Frederic Forrest, Heidi Holicker
Year
1983
Rated
R
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
99 minutes

Say Anything

Everyone knows the image: John Cusack standing outside Ione Skye’s house, boom box held high over his head, blasting Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes.” It’s been endlessly parodied and meme’d to death, but in its original context, Cameron Crowe’s directorial debut Say Anything, the moment still strikes right at the viewer’s heart. In the film, Cusack stars as charming slacker Lloyd Dobler; the role that made him the unrequited crush of a whole generation of women. In the existential haze of post-graduation, he pointedly pursues the self-conscious valedictorian Diane Court (Skye). It also features an affable but intimidating John Mahoney as Diane’s single father and a hilarious Lili Taylor as Lloyd’s firecracker best friend. What follows is an emotionally complex coming-of-age story, eschewing cliché to tell a love story as unforgettable as its’ iconic image.

Witney Seibold discusses Say Anything… on the New Beverly blog.

Director
Cameron Crowe
Starring
John Cusack, Ione Skye, John Mahoney, Lili Taylor
Year
1989
Rated
PG-13
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
100 minutes

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