Everything old is new again. We may have moved into a fresh new decade, but the entertainment industry is still mining the 80’s for any ounce it can squeeze. Which brings us to the remake of Valley Girl. Just yesterday MGM announced that the 1983 film would now be available across all streaming platforms, for the first time. A day later, there’s a trailer for the 2020 version (originally slated for a 2018 release), which comes out in May. Pretty convenient timing. You’ll definitely want to check out this trailer for the big draw here, besides starring Happy Death Day’s Jessica Rothe.
Here’s the rather in-depth synopsis for the film:
“Julie (Jessica Rothe) is the ultimate ’80s Valley Girl. A creative free spirit; Julie’s time is spent with her best friends shopping at the Galleria mall and making plans for senior prom. That is, until she falls hard for Randy (Joshua Whitehouse), a Sunset Strip punk rocker, who challenges everything the Valley and Julie stand for. Despite push-back from friends and family, Julie must break out of the safety of her world to follow her heart and discover what it really means to be a Valley Girl.
Set to a rock ‘n roll ’80s soundtrack produced by legendary Harvey Mason, Jr. with dance numbers by choreographer Mandy Moore, VALLEY GIRL is a musical adaptation of the classic 1983 hit film that changed American teenage life forever.”
It makes a lot of sense to re-package Valley Girl as a musical. Or would this be a lip sync-ical? The original 1983 film had music pumping through it’s very core. Then you have the immense popularity (that’s been almost done to death) of the “Live” musical updatings. That’s an easy way to grab individuals from several target audiences, all at once. With the additional benefit of looking like a lot of fun, as a bonus.
The other thing that looks to give Valley Girl an edge, is the casting. Alongside Jessica Rothe, there’s Josh Whitehouse, Mae Whitman, Alicia Silverstone, Peyton List, Judy Greer and a wackily mustachioed Rob Huebel. Smashing that, the fashion, the music all into a bowl, it has the potential to be a tad to sweet, but still enjoyable. Mark your calendars now, Valley Girl comes straight to digital, on May 8. A month that is quickly becoming a treasure trove of VOD releases! Until then, gaze upon this official poster, for the movie.