I Wanna Be the One to Walk in the Sun!

Girls Just Want to Have Fun is fun for everyone. Although I’m a big fan of cheesy 80’s teen movies, it was my co-worker who recommended Girls Just Want to Have Fun. I always assumed the movie’s poster was for the Cyndi Lauper music video of the same name. Much like the hit song itself, Girls Just Want to Have Fun is all about girls wanting to have fun. Like all the best 80’s cult films, Girls Just Want to Have Fun takes place in Chicago. A very young Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt star as Janey Glenn and Lynne Stone respectively.

Janey is an army brat with a strict father who sends her to Catholic school. Lynne is her new fun-loving best friend who steals the show despite not being the center of attention. They both enter a competition for a chance to be on their favorite MTV inspired network Dance TV. Janey rebels and ends up falling in love with her bad boy dance partner Jeff, played by the lesser known Lee Montgomery. Jeff has the usual teen problems and a goofy sidekick who constantly tries to sell things.

His younger sister Maggie is more notably played by Shannen Doherty. In fact, several before they were famous stars make surprise appearances. Resident mean girl Natalie attempts to rig the dance competition, but it’s nothing a montage set to an alternate version of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” can’t fix. Guaranteed to make you wanna dance along. It’s cliché and over-the-top, but that’s part of the charm. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun is just too infectious to dismiss.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Janey and Lynne watch Dance TV

4 thoughts on “I Wanna Be the One to Walk in the Sun!

  1. I think I’d consider this a guilty pleasure kind of movie for me. My sister recorded this off of HBO at some point and “forced” me to watch it with her repeatedly throughout our summer break from school. Every now and then I’ll look for it on streaming and it’ll make me feel like a kid again.

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  2. I remember them playing this a lot on HBO or some other Premium station at one point, then all of a sudden it just stopped. 80’s Teen Comedies was one thing I could never get into, but I do find it cool that it’s one of Helen Hunt’s first major roles in a movie. Sarah Jessica Parker was at her freshest then.

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