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Parents' Guide to

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

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

Movie PG 1985 87 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 13+

Fun movie with familiar 80’s sexual assault themes

I watched this movie as a kid and liked it. However, it wasn’t until I was an adult I noticed that many of these 80’s movies made light of sexual assault. If the ‘harmless’ or ‘geeky’ guy did it, it is funny. “Tune in Tokyo” is one example. I would have a discussion about consent before watching this movie.
age 13+

Fun but Troublesome (like most 80s RomComs)

This movie is full of nostalgia and is overall a fun show. I don’t know ANY teens who just hang out in their underwear like it’s shown in this movie — so that seems unnecessary. I think the most disturbing part is Drew’s sexual assault of a woman with the “tune in Tokyo game.” I don’t think reviewers recognize how inappropriate this is — just calling it a “con” when it’s sexual assault. Overall it’s fine — but parents should be prepared to talk with kids about what makes it inappropriate.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (15 ):

Sit back and giggle: This movie is just a good, cheesy time. Take a big helping of Hairspray (minus the political consciousness and the divine Ricki Lake) and sprinkle it with a candy-covered version of My So-Called Life and what you have is the totally tubular '80s teen dance movie Girls Just Want to Have Fun. Complete with bad fashions (neon fingerless gloves, anyone?), bad hair, and even worse dancing, This movie features some of today's most popular actors doing some of the cheesiest things you've ever seen. See a pre-Sex and the City Parker as the Catholic school girl Army brat who dreams of dancing on Dance TV (hosted by Richard Blade, whom some '80s music lovers may recall as a DJ on an L.A. radio station). Watch her doing back flips and practicing dance lifts a la Dirty Dancing. Witness the Oscar-winning actress Hunt hamming it up in some of the most absurd -- but actually worn -- '80s ensembles and big, ratted-out hair. It's Totally Awesome without the irony. And if you love the '80s, it is totally awesome.

Forget the plot, though. Just concentrate on the Solid Gold-quality dance numbers and the outrageous fashion. Forget, if you can, that Helen Hunt is way too mature-seeming to pull off the role of Lynn (where's AJ Langer when you need her?) and just look for the cameo by a preteen Shannen Doherty and the New Wave girls in Cindy Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" video.

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