Genre : Comedy, Dance, Romance
Tagline : Getting into trouble is easy but getting out of it is all the fun!
Starring : Sarah Jessica Parker, Lee Montgomery, Helen Hunt
Running Time : 90 Minutes
Director : Alan Metter
Producer : Stuart Cornfeld, Robert F. Lyons, Chuck Russell
Janey is new in town, and soon meets Lynne, who shares her passion for dancing in general, and “Dance TV” in particular. When a competition is announced to find a new Dance TV regular couple, Janey and Lynne are determined to audition. The only problem is that Janey’s father doesn’t approve of that kind of thing.
Well, it was only a matter of time before I found one of my childhood gems. I love the 80’s. I don’t really want to go back to the eighties, I just want to pretend like the eighties are happening now and enjoy the awesome parts (ie. clothes, music, movies, hair, etc.) Right now that awesome part is the cult classic Girls Just Want to Have Fun. I used to love this movie when I was kid. I have watched it probably a thousand times. If they made a movie of my life, it would need to have multiple dance numbers. I can’t dance, but dance numbers would be necessary. While these are interesting factoids about Lauren, lets move on to the movie.
GJWTHF, as I will now refer to it because that title is too long for blogging purposes, is about Janey Glenn (Sarah Jessica Parker) an army brat who is thrilled when her father (Ed Lauter) is transferred to Chicago where her favorite TV Show, Dance TV, is filmed. At her Catholic school she quickly makes a new friend in Lynne Stone (Helen Hunt) due to their shared love of dance and Dance TV. Lynne finds out about open auditions to find the new regulars on the show and after her dad nixes the idea of her trying out the two go anyway where Janey becomes a finalist. The judges will choose the winners after a dance-off on the live show. Janey gets paired up with Jeff (Lee Montgomery) who is also dancing in the competition against his fathers (Biff Yeager) wishes.
Janey and Jeff do not get along because of different dance styles which is only made worse by the fact that Janey has to sneak around to practice. Over time they start to get along and even start to form a relationship. When spoiled brat Natalie Sands (Holly Gagnier) tries to blackmail Jeff into leave the competition and Janey’s father learns about what she has been up to, Jeff and Janey must decide how far they are willing to go in order to follow their dreams.
I know I know, the suspense is killing me too! What will they do??? These kinds of movies are so predictable but I love them anyway. This is a cult classic that did not do well in the theaters but has blown up since then. It is exactly what you would expect from this formula. It is exactly what you would expect from a teen drama. Need a distraction from life? Spend an hour and a half reminiscing about your childhood. Laugh at the hair, the clothes, the dancing, and the acting. Watch Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Jonathan Silverman, and Shannen Doherty before they were megastars. Listen to some sweet dance tunes. Just have fun 🙂
Favorite Scene : There are a few scenes in this movie that I love, but the Tune In Tokyo scene always makes me laugh. Plus I use that as a pop culture reference all the time 🙂
Favorite Quote : “Whenever I’m in a room with a guy, no matter who it is – a date, my dentist, anybody – I think, if we were the last two people on Earth, would I puke if he kissed me?”
Fun Facts :
- The film’s title is almost certainly based on the 1983 hit by Cyndi Lauper. However, Cyndi Lauper‘s version of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” does not play in this film, due to licensing restrictions. Instead a cover of the song by unknowns Deborah Galli, Tami Holbrook, and Meredith Marshall is featured.
- The high school in the movie is John Marshall High. It was also used in the films Pretty in Pink, Zapped!, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Can’t Hardly Wait, and more.
- 20th Century Fox and Lakeshore Entertainment are working on a remake of the film and have hired Michelle Morgan to write the script. Miley Cyrus is slated to star.
- In Hungary the movie is titled Édenkert a javából. This translates to Paradise at its Best. In Germany the film in titled Mit Lippenstift und Eiscreme which translates to With Lipstick and Ice Cream
- Robert Downey, Jr., who was dating Sarah Jessica at the time, makes a small cameo in this movie. During the party crashing scene one of the punks pulls the table cloth off the table and then Robert, who has been sitting under it, throws the table over.
- Los Angeles DJ Richard Blade plays the host of ‘Dance TV.’ The British-born Blade, whose real name is Richard Sheppard, helped popularize New Wave in the ’80s – and is doing so for a new generation today, as a host on the satellite radio channel 1st Wave.
- Holly Gagnier was a professional dancer and did all her own dancing in the movie.
- This was Jonathan Silverman’s first movie.
- An uncredited Gina Gershon, Scott Coffey, and Robin Antin all make cameos as dancers in the audition scenes.
- Madonna and Cyndi Lauper make cameos as patrons of the diner while the girls hand out flyers and Hank Azaria has a cameo as a patron during the bar scene.
- For many years, Comedy Central, Lifetime, USA Network, Lifetime Movie Network and ABC Family have aired the film. As of 2007, ABC Family’s sister network, Disney Channel, owns the rights to the film.
- Where are they now? – Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Shannen Doherty, Ed Lauter, and Biff Yeager have all gone on to have very successful TV and movie careers. Lee Montgomery was a child actor and retired in his 20’s. Holly Gagnier has focused mostly on TV roles in her career, this is one of 8 movies she has done in her 35 years as a professional actor. Ian Giatti starred in The Great Outdoors with John Candy but has only had a few acting roles since. Morgan Woodward had a lucrative TV career before and after the movie until he retired from acting in 1997.