Thursday, November 16, 2006
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)
Girls Just Want to Have Fun is the crappier version of Dirty Dancing that includes a lot of dancing, a good girl- bad boy character combination, strained family relationships, and bitchy girl drama. Sarah Jessica Parker and Lee Montgomery star in this bad dancing chick flick.
Janey is new to Chicago. She and her new best friend Lynn have a love for dancing and when they hear about a dance contest on Dance TV they immediately go to town and try out. Janey is ecstatic when she finds out that she is a finalist, but hides this from her father whom she has a strained relationship with. She is given her dance partner, Jeff whose evil ex girlfriend will do anything in order for Janey and Jeff to fail. She tries to eliminate the competition by inviting Jeff to her debutante ball at her fathers country club. To get back at Natalie, Janey and her friends make copies of the invitations so transvestites and body builders could attend her ball. After this, Natalie's father agrees that he will do anything in his power to make sure that his daughter wins. He tries to threaten Jeff by telling him that if he danced his father would be fired from his job (his father worked for Mr. Sands). After speaking with his father, Jeff decides to enter the contest anyway. Even though Janey is grounded for sneaking out of the house, she still goes to the contest. At the finals there is a dance off between Janey and Jeff and Natalie and her partner. In the end, Janey and Jeff win and are named the new DTV regulars.
Whereas Dirty Dancing is actually interesting and keeps your attention, after watching this film you are wondering why it was so bad. Was it Sarah Jessica Parkers frizzy hair or the fact that the dancing and acting was terrible? Of all the roles that Helen Hunt played, this is probably the worst. This movie is so predictable and at the same time you are laughing at how bitchy girls can be to each other, especially when it comes to boys.
This movies definitely does not stick in my head as one of the better 80's dance movies. If you want to see good dancing rent Flashdance or Dirty Dancing, not this knock off high school beginners stuff.