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"She’s cool. He’s hot. She’s from the Valley. He’s not." With his shuffling gait and drawling delivery, Nicolas Cage makes the most of his first starring role as a Hollywood punk who plays unlikely Romeo to a socially out-of-his-league Valley girl.
After breaking up with her yuppie asshole boyfriend, Valley girl Julie (Deborah Foreman) finds an unlikely Romeo in charmingly weird Hollywood punk Randy (Nicolas Cage) — but when her friends start filling her head with fears of social exile, she's inevitably forced to decide what matters to her more. A gender-flipped Pretty in Pink, Martha Coolidge's offbeat romantic comedy beat the John Hughes wave to the punch with its portrait of different teenaged California clans scraping up against each other, while its measured raunch locates it somewhere between Hughes' sweet-natured comedies and the unbridled hedonism of the previous year's Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The newly rechristened Nicolas Cage (née Coppola), for his part, makes the most of his first starring role, giving Randy a drawling delivery and crooked, shuffling gait that stands in marked contrast to the facial tics and hyperactivity of classic-era Cage.