One of the best love stories of all time. Like, totally fer sure.

I’ll stop the world and melt with you
You’ve seen the difference and
It’s getting better all the time
There’s nothing you and I won’t do
I’ll stop the world and melt with you

I own this movie, though I haven’t watched it in a while (no matter a I know all the words and every song by heart…) But every time I do watch it, I am reminded of how it is like, the most awesome love story ever. It is clearly responsible for indelibly imprinting a certain archetype on  my brain. Thanks 1983.

Randy:  So, when can I see you again?
Julie Richman: Gee, Randy… why don’t you wait until the end of the evening to say these things?
Randy: It’s how I feel.
Julie Richman: I’m here with you now.

For some reason, in spite of the fact that I spent just about every summer in LA – and mostly the Valley – from 1970 until 1987, this early 80s period is part of my most elemental programming. I wonder if it is genetic if you have Valley parents? Anyhow, I remember so well riding around in LA and seeing it exactly how it is in this movie. The malls, god, I actually loved them. And the ranch-style Valley houses, because you know there is so much ranching going on out there in the Valley… The clothes. Holy crap – I aspired to that.

Epic.

And parents that just did not fit into the norm of my peer set? Yep. I had them. I love that they run a health food store, so wonderfully 1983. The language is a bit silly, almost distracting… (were we ever that bad? Well, I did have a 3/4 sleeve shirt in white and lavender that said: “I’m a Val, I know” Seriously…) But the story is pretty much the end all be all of love stories. Okay, okay, Top Five. Like, fer sure.

Well fuck you, for sure, like totally!

And you all know I have my Nick Cage issues, but damn, he could deliver a line. He is just like the “real” guy among all the plastics, you know? I can’t imagine how he would have played in my high school, [angst in my pants!] but in hindsight it certainly seems like just what the doctor ordered. He makes every boyfriend I ever had seem pretty lame.

Man, he’s like tripendicular, ya know?

Oh, except for Joe Flynn. The scene in the movie when Julie and Randy are talking and Fred is chasing Suzie around the car happened to me almost exactly the same way when Nancy took one for the team and let a certain Hurt brother chase her while I tried to convince Joe that a nice little vanilla girl like me was just what he needed. Short lived success there, but not because I had to deal with some Tommy cretin… more just because Joe was a little too thug to make up his mind. But man, he was smoking hot. Oddly, as with Julie’s predicament in the movie, I am farily certain none of my friends agreed with me on this…

And still, every time I watch the movie I love it a little more. Who wouldn’t root for Randy and Fred. [Hi, I’m Fred. I like tacos and ’71 Cabernet. My favorite color is magenta.] And another victory goes to the Bohemians.

Well, I mean, come on, we are talking about the Valley – how alternative did you think they were gonna be for the perfect little love story? Plus… they got a word for girls like me…

About Amanda

I am repatriating expatriate trying to work it all out. Well, to work some of it out anyhow. I am writing here for sanity, focus and general over-sharing.
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