Monday, July 13, 2009

Valley Girl

Not counting a TV movie and a "don't blink or you'll miss it appearance in FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH this marks Cage's first big role and damn does he ever look young. I point this out only due to the fact by the time we see him in RUMBLE FISH and BIRDY, while still down there in years he certainly seems much older. VALLEY GIRLS is pretty much what you would expect from a film scripted in ten days as a response to Frank Zappa's hit of the same name. He actually did sue the studio but it was a waste of time as he lost his case. It's prett straight forward guy from wrong side of town has trouble hooking up with the girl on the other side and blah blah blah and while it is interesting to see THE PLIMSOULS on the big screen and Prescot Niles from THE KNACK is supposed to be in here but for the life of me I couldn't spot him, the real attraction is Cage. Even way back then he was using tricks which are now considered trademarks of his and it's a pleasure to see in this early incarnation. Certainly will be more enjoyable to those who lived through the era but should keep the attention of the young ones.


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