In this musical adaptation of the hit 1983 film that changed American teenage life forever, Julie (Jessica Rothe) is the ultimate ‘80s Valley Girl, whose world is rocked when she falls hard for Randy (Josh Whitehouse), a punk rocker from Hollywood!
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As a kid from the 80’s and a huge fan of the original Valley Girl, the time spent watching this movie was a complete disappointment. I really wanted to like it. Over the last few years Hollywood has remade several movies from the 80s and none of them have been as good or better than the original, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that this one follows that pattern. Why is it that millennial‘s think that they can come in and make something better than original? The movie itself told the same story and a little bit of extra to the storyline, however it was a group of kids, acting like the 80’s. The original valley girl was actually written and played within the day and age of the valley girl. The only time this horrible remake said “bitchen“ or “tubular“ was when one of the adults mention it as a flashback. I really did enjoy the fact that the original Julie made a two minute appearance, which was the only other time in the movie somebody used a word from that era. The dancing was not at all the same, it was just a really horrible impression of the 80s. If you’re under the age of 40 you’ll definitely enjoy this movie however I can honestly say I want my money back and the time spent watching this movie. One positive note was the actor playing Randy. I really didn’t think anyone would draw me in as much as Nicholas Cage, but this guy has definitely got a hidden allure with a smile that will melt any girl.
I really do not get why Hollywood today has to take an already amazing movie and turn it into rubbish! This movie could have been good, I normally like a lot of the actors but they were terrible in this revision. The song numbers were stupid and cheesy, also the 80' references felt forced, they never actually felt like they were 100% in character and some of the revisions didn't make sense at all. The best part of the original was julie's cool hipster parents who lived in the Valley but were accepting of Randy. The father was heart of the movie and you didn't even get to see that till the end of this one. The only reason why this is getting more than one stars is because I like the fact the Randy had a rewrite as a singer and thought the prom scene was not bad. I think instead of all the over the top musical scenes they could limited them to him being a singer. The whole thing was just bad and should be redone and closer to the original or make it a completely different movie in a different era if you can not keep it authentic.
I didn't really know what to expect, but I was excited to watch it because I've always been a fan of musicals, I love the story, and I've always loved some of the actors in it. Some of the musical numbers really impressed me by how they played them out through the story. I'm not a fan of all the actors, but most of the acting was really good, and I thought they all had great voices, especially the two main characters. When they release it on DVD and Blue-Ray, I will be buying it!
Was it necessary to remake Valley Girl? No. Is it worth it? If you're a musical fan, you'll have a good time. Jessica Rothe (La La Land, Happy Death Day) and Josh Whitehouse (The Knight Before Christmas) lead this pseudo contemporary remake, which also features an uncredited Alicia Silverstone as the story's narrator. Story-wise, it's pretty on point with the original, but has a charm of its own thanks to the chemistry between Rothe and Whitehouse, as well as the playlist of 80s tunes that we all know and love. The only downside, really, is the casting of the reason why this wasn't released two years ago, YouTuber Logan Paul, as Julie's Valley boyfriend. Admittedly, he plays to the strength of the jerk jock. And he doesn't sing... well, okay, a little. 3.5/5.