Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)




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Ostensibly based on the hit single by Cyndi Lauper, Girls Just Want to Have Fun is actually a spoof of the MTV generation. High school chums Janey (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Lynne (Helen Hunt) desperately try to enter a dance contest on a major cable-TV channel. The major obstacle to this goal is Janey's father, stiff-necked Colonel Glenn (Ed Lauter). The girls' most hated rival is rich-witch Natalie Sands (Holly Gagnier), who buys her way into the dance show. The plot, what there is of it, falls apart long before the final scene, but Girls Just Want to Have Fun gets by thanks to the winning performances of stars Parker and Hunt.

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Lee H. Montgomery
as Jeff Malene
Morgan Woodward
as J.P. Sands
Ed Lauter
as Col. Glenn
Holly Gagnier
as Natalie Sands
Shannen Doherty
as Maggie Malene
Ian Giatti
as Zachary Glenn
Margaret Howell
as Mrs. Glenn
Richard Blade
as DTV Host
Lee Arnone
as Mrs. Lemsky
Candace Daly
as Girl in Hallway
Olive Dunbar
as Sister Kathleen
Candice Daly
as Girl in Hallway
Valerie Grear
as Sister Immaculata
Steve LaChance
as Ben Wolpert
Phineas Newborn III
as Quarterback Dancer
Steve La Chance
as Ben Wolpert
Sharron Shayne
as Choir Sister
J.W. Smith
as Police Officer
Sharon Shayne
as Choir Sister
Cecilie A. Stuart
as Featured Dancer
Michael Higgins
as Featured Dancer
Alison Brown
as Featured Dancer/Gymnast
Tita Omeze
as Dancer
Mark Slama
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Girls Just Want to Have Fun

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

Dance to the cheesy '80s beat with tweens and up.

December 18, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

We all know a movie like this isn't appealing to anyone beside the folks who grew up during that time. And even they will be compelled to cringe at its mention...

May 14, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

It's a total wannabe in the realm of 80s teen flicks.

May 6, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Classic '80 cheesiness -- a must

September 15, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Nostalgia forces me to like this. Yes I feel guilty!

April 13, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Sarah Jessica Parker's embarrassing contribution to that much-studied genre known as the "'80s teen movie"

August 5, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Girls Just Want to Have Fun


A stupid teen flick that may be mildly amusing at times but is mostly really silly and forgettable, with awful dialogue and clichés everywhere, being only worth it for its nice '80s songs and not much else.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Getting into trouble is easy but getting out of it is all the fun! Good 80's movie! I very much enjoyed and like this movie, the dancing, the song's were all great. It's a good old 80's movie and there's nothing better than the 80's! Janey is new in town, and soon meets Lynne, who shares her passion for dancing in general, and "Dance TV" in particular. When a competition is announced to find a new Dance TV regular couple, Janey and Lynne are determined to audition. The only problem is that Janey's father doesn't approve of that kind of thing.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Such a fun 80s movie with great dancing & music to go along with it :) :) :) :) One of my all time faves (:

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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