If you were a girl growing up in the 1980’s, you should remember the following to be the gospel truth:
- Fluro clothes were in;
- You made up dance routines (in the above clothes) to songs like Funkytown;
- You crimped your hair and usually wore it in a side ponytail;
- You had sleepovers at your friend’s house, watched Dirty Dancing (and hit pause when Johnny got out of bed so you could stare at his bum); and…
- Sarah Jessica Parker had not morphed into Carrie Bradshaw and was not the definitive goddess of fashion.
In fact, SJP was just starting out and starred in one of my favourite terrible 80’s movies….Girls Just Want to Have Fun. If you’re not familiar with it, here is the plot synopsis in 10 words or less.
Awkward new girl is a great dancer and charms hot guy.
Ok, so that’s 11 words but the movie does go for 90 mins. Also gracing the screen is the rebellious Helen Hunt and the annoying Shannon Doherty. It has everything going for it, iconic 80’s fashion, dancing to iconic 80’s music and smooth moves from an iconic 80’s dude.
Despite the fact that SJP is of course, the heroine in this movie, I think I identify more with Helen’s character – Lynne Stone. I mean who doesn’t love a girl in a grasshopper hat??? No one, that’s who.
So yes, I know it’s a daggy movie. But it brings back great memories for me. So either watch it and accept it for what it is or don’t. If you do, I guarantee you’ll be singing Cyndi Lauper for days.