Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)

Genre(s): Comedy
Anchor Bay || PG - 90 minutes - $9.98 || April 29, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-05-05


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Alan Metter
Writer(s): Amy Spies (written by)
Cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Shannen Doherty, Jonathan Silverman


Theatrical Release Date: April 12, 1985


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Stereo 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

(Synopsis) Janey (Sarah Jessica Parker) is a shy good girl; Lynne (Helent Hunt) is a cool rock chick. But when the two friends scheme to get Janey on television's biggest after-school dance show, they find themselves on a wild adventure filled with cute boys, hot dancing, prudish nuns, mean rich kids, parents that just don't understand, and girls doing what they know best...just having FUN!

Girls just want to have fu-un. C'mon I know you sung that line out loud.

The film is about Janey (Sarah Jessica Parker), a new girl who moved to town and dreams of being on Dance TV, the cool, hip show that's all about dancing. Janey quickly gets befriended by Lynne (Helen Hunt) and both devise a way to get Janey on the show. But wait, there's a villain by the name of Natalie Sands (Holly Gagnier) who wants to win the competition just as bad as Janey and will stop at nothing, even involving her rich father, J.P. Sands to win. Of course Janey's parents don't want her to dance and her partner Jeff (Lee Montgomery) has a father employed by J.P. Sands. How can Janey win?

The movie certainly has the cheese factor going for it. At one point a group of singers and dancers break into mansion of the local rich guy J.P. Sands. By breaking in I mean jumping through the windows and pushing down the doors where they all begin to dance and cause chaos. Not only are they immune from glass shards but the women can push down doors with merely a touch. Then of course we have the typical 80's fashion which include shirts that shows way to much stomach... on guys mixed in with ridiculous neon colors and sport coats. I won't even mention the nuns.

Girls is a cute movie for its time but it definitely does not hold up well 20 years later. It’s pretty impressive to see three well know actresses together in a film at the start of their careers. Sarah Jessica Parker is fresh off of her stint as Patty on the one season wonder Square Pegs and it appears she brings a lot of that personality back for this movie which is great. Helen Hunt is just flat out goofy and crazy and we get a very young Shannen Doherty before her break through role in “Beverly Hills 90210”.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The only special feature present is a theatrical trailer. For a movie which stars 3 very well known actresses it would have been nice to have a retrospective or commentary track.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

IMAGE

Girls is presented in anamorphic Widescreen as well as a Full-frame edition on the same single sided disc. Anchor Bay (Starz) has recycled the same transfer from the original 2001 release of the film on DVD. The transfer is marred with grain, dirt, and uneven colors. Some scenes felt like I was watching a VHS bootleg copy of the movie while other seemed to fair a bit better.

Anchor Bay has included a Dolby Digital 5.1 track and a Stereo 2.0 track. For a film that is over 20 years old the audio holds up much better than the picture quality. Several times the film has musical numbers or typical 80's music that goes through all of my speakers. Dialog can be a bit spotty at times.



.::OVERALL::.

The only reason we are getting this movie re-released on DVD is because the Sex and the City Movie is coming out. Girls Just Want to Have Fun is a cute movie and worth owning if you grew up in the early 80's simply because of the nostalgia factor. Considering the DVD is really priced to own at $9.99, if you have any interest in the movie it’s clearly worth a purchase rather than a rental especially at the low price.