Girl Just Wants See Harrison Ford…
Janey and Lynn love to dance, their favourite TV programme Dance TV is holding auditions. What could possibly happen?
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Official Trailer #1 – Sarah Jessica Parker Movie (1985), Movieclips Trailer Vault and photos © New World Pictures
Another guilty pleasure but with a twist, in that yes I do like this movie but if I could go back to my 16-year-old self and have the choice of seeing this at the cinema, I’d turn it down and see the then alternative. The film I chose to see was the Sarah Jessica Parker dance film, Girls Just Want Have Fun (1985). The alternative was a romantic film with a youngish Harrison Ford, called Witness (1985). So sorry mum for all the fuss I made. Witness is a film you see once and never forget, and the dance movie is one you wish you could.
So what was all the fuss about? Parker plays schoolgirl Janey who moves to Chicago with her family. She’s excited about moving there as her favourite show, Dance TV is based there. She’s not so happy about moving to a new Catholic school. There she makes firm friends with another Dance TV fan, Lynne (Helen Hunt).
When the show is looking for a new dance couple, the girls aim to attend auditions for the programme – I’m sure you can see where this is heading – to select the finalists with the final pair getting to be the new dancers on Dance TV. At the auditions, Janey and Lynne become enemies with a fellow competitor called Natalie – a spoilt rich girl – for some silly reason. Janey makes it through to the final – surprise, surprise – Lynne doesn’t (shocked?).
Janey is partnered with the film hunk – if you are 16 – Jeff (Lee Montgomery). He’s auditioning with his wee sister, Maggie (Shannen Docherty) and best pal Drew (Jonathan Silverman) for moral support. Of course, this leads to the old cliche of hatred then friendship between Jeff and Janey. Yawn. Natalie spots Janey is missing school classes to do dance practice. She then phones her parents pretending to be a teacher saying its Sister Natalie – duh!
Janey is then grounded. So as Natalie has planned a party – as all typical 1980s spoilt girl/ heroes do – the girls, now with Maggie in tow – sabotage it inviting random people. Oh, the hilarity! Of course, it ends in disaster, as Natalie’s mummy and daddy find out. Daddy is played by an original Dallas (1978-91) actor, Morgan Woodward. He played Punk Anderson, a good friend of Jock and Miss Ellie and husband to Mavis. This couple probably had the most successful marriage of the series staying married for the entire thirteen seasons.
Back to the review, Janey and Jeff dance in a lot of – and I mean too many – montages, eventually snog – yes, getting more than a tad contrived here – and Natalie seeks revenge and…the dance finals are coming up. So by now, you will be in one of two camps, those who loved this movie and are gunning at me for being more a wee bit on the sarcastic side. Or you like everything Sarah Jessica Parker does and think of her as a goddess, icon and an amazing actress.
The rest of you will be wondering why I made such a fuss, especially with a bloody good Harrison Ford movie being the alternative – especially as I was old enough to see the film – like my darlin’ husband thought. But then, in my defence, I was a girl of 16 and sadly didn’t know who Ford was, let alone anything about the Star Wars trilogy.
Now I know him as the rugged silver fox, who starred in Indiana Jones, Cowboys & Aliens (2011) and many, many more movies and married Ally McBeal. But then in relation to Parker, I also must stress I’ve never watched Sex in the City (1998-2004) – and don’t intend to – and envy her for one thing only. Shoes! legs! clothes! hair! you cry, no, it’s marrying Ferris Bueller. Don’t you?
Weeper Rating: 0 /10
Handsqueeze Rating: : 0 /10
Gotta Dance! Blogathon 2016. No 3
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) is a guilty pleasure dance movie from the 1980s starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt. This review was submitted to the Gotta Dance! blogathon run by Classic Reel Girl. Sarah Jessica Parker also is featured in my Mars Attacks and Ed Wood reviews. And Lee Montgomery features in Burnt Offerings and Helen Hunt also features in As Good as it Gets. Ed Lauter starred in Family Plot and The Cartier Affair.