The Lord Cage’s Prayer:
Our Father, which art in Snake Eyes,
Nicolas be thy name;
thy Face/Off come;
thy Con-Air be done,
on earth as it is in Deadfall.
Give us this day our daily Ghost Rider.
And forgive him for Trespass,
as we forgave him for Windtalkers.
And lead us not into Adaptation;
but deliver us from The Rock.
For thine is the Wicker Man,
the National Treasure,
for ever and ever.
Howdy all you Supercultists out there on the interwebz!
I’m Bad Movie Professor Cameron Coker (BS in “Nicholas Kim Coppola” with a minor in “F$#!-off, fer sherr, like, totally!”) and I’ll be posting my hype-tacular speeches every week along with some long lost speeches from past Supercult Shows!
This week the Supercult show starts the summer off right with Valley Girl!
Julie is a good-natured teenager who thinks she has it all: good looks, popularity, a posse of popular, pastel, pink gal-pals. Things turn sour, however, when Julie finally has enough of her boyfriend Tommy’s ego and breaks up with him, much to her friend’s dismay. Things are looking bad for Julie’s picture-perfect life until she locks eyes with a party-crashing bad boy from Hollywood and finds herself indulging a tripendicular love affair! Julie must choose between new forbidden love, Randy, or the fickle but accepted Tommy. She’s cool. He’s hot. She’s from the Valley. He’s not. It’s Valley Girl, and it’s totally Bitchin’!
A testimony to the short-lived Southern California 80’s craze and a loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Valley Girl is a 1983 romantic comedy starring Debora Foreman as Julie Richman, Michael Bowen as Tommy the handsome Valley dude boyfriend, and our patron saint Nicolas Cage as Randy.
Nicholas Cage was born Nicholas Kim Coppola and is the nephew of acclaimed director, producer, and screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola. His Hollywood debut was a minor role in the film ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ starring Sean Penn in 1982. For his next role Nicholas decided to change his name in order to avoid the appearance of nepotism. Valley Girl is the first film that Nicholas Coppola is billed as Nicholas Cage. The last name was apparently inspired by Marvel Comics superhero Luke Cage.
The origins of the film are fuzzy at best, but IMDB research reveals that the producers approached Frank Zappa about making a film based on his hit Single “Valley Girl,” released in 1982. When Zappa refused, the producers decided to hastily make the film without his involvement. Valley Girl’s script was written in 10 days and the director Martha Coolidge, who is best known for directing the nerdy teen-comedy Real Genius, received only a token salary.
“F$#*-in’ teenagers, amirite?” -Martha Coolidge
With a bare-bones budget of $350,000, most of the crew and some of the actors were friends of Martha from film school and worked for free and there were almost no retakes. The wardrobe was composed of the cast and crew’s wardrobes from home and the King and Queen speech during the prom scene was performed by Coolidge’s former acting instructor and written the night before shooting. Since the executives considered the project as an exploitative teen-film, Coolidge was required to show female breasts at least four times in the film in order to appeal appealing to younger males. Needless to say the film is rated R. Zappa would later sue, but lose the case.
Despite the shady production, Valley Girl has a 6.3 on IMDB, an astounding 83% on Rotten Tomatoes and its final domestic gross was over $17 million. Roger Ebert game it 3 out of 4 stars saying, “…a little treasure, a funny, sexy, appealing story of a Valley Girl’s heartbreaking decision…Everybody’s in the same boat in this movie — boys and girls — and they’re all trying to do the right thing and still have a good time. It may be the last thing you’d expect from a movie named “Valley Girl,” but the kids in this movie are human.”
The summer, Supercult is starts off with the 80’s slow jam that kick-started a saint. It’s pink versus punk in the very first true Nick Cage classic!
The Supercult Show proudly presents: Valley Girl