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1980’s Movie Heroines – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Alright everyone, let’s talk about dance movies. Don’t try to front on this because I know there is not one person in the world who is truly able to resist the simple charms of Dirty Dancing, Footloose, Flashdance or Step Up 2: The Streets. I LOVE ‘EM ALL! But when I was a baby hood rat in the 80’s, a certain silver screen treasure was in constant rotation in my VCR: Girls Just Want to Have Fun!

Ms. Carrie Bradshaw herself, Sarah Jessica Parker, had the starring role of Janey, a dance-loving military brat who rebels against her strict father by pirouetting her way towards a coveted spot on “Dance TV.” I was really feeling Janey on this because it was my dream to simultaneously be on Soul Train AND Club MTV (with Miss Downtown Julie Brown) HELLO!

Every good girl needs a couple of rebellious gal pals to help guide her out of her shell and become a lil’ FUNKY! Helen Hunt and baby Brenda Walsh come along and partake in all the teenage hijinks!

Janey needs a dance partner so she pairs up with blue collar hunka, Jeff, and they naturally fall for each other while perfecting their fan kicks. I don’t care if he was the Poor Man’s Joey Lawrence, I thought he was fuuuwiiine! WHOA! (you know I have a Joey Lawrence doll..right?… TMI?)

Let’s french through the fence, bebe

I love me a hunk in a midriff top! It’s true.


SJP was a million Manolos away from being a fashion icon at this point with Janey’s frumpy-ass school uniforms. Luckily, we had a style savior in the form of her badass best friend Lynne, played by Helen Hunt.

White nails and a Superteen magazine, yes please!

Lynne’s main style signature is her collection of creative headwear and hair accessories. From channeling Don King to Davy Crockett to sporting dinosaur barrettes to rocketship clips, Lynne rocks her shit without fear and das why mama likes her.

Instead of doing a Polyvore set for this post, I decided to invoke the spirit of Lynne and make something myself!

Now the crème de la crème has to be Lynne’s grasshopper hat.

I had to recreate it…but I couldn’t find a grasshopper. Instead, I found a gigantic black widow. AHHHHH! Now, a black widow would be too Halloween-y and way too gawth for me right now. So what did I do? Paint that shit GOLD!

I also made an octopus one for Miss Tiffany!

I’m making a lot of hair accessories right now. Lots of ideas in this noggin’ so stay tuned for some surprises! Oh you Girls Just Want to Have Fun..still inspiring me..all the way into adulthood!

My favorite song from the movie is Q-Feel’s “Dancin’ in Heaven.” A few years ago my good friend Brant found it on vinyl and would play it for me when he would dj! Ahh GOOD TIMES Q FEEL. “Quick, slow, quick quick slow!” I better see a million downloads for this song! *lowers eyes*

Q-Feel – Dancin’ in Heaven
Holland- Wake Up the Neighborhood (second favorite song from the best scene ever)


OH HALE NO: From wiki: A script is in the works for the Disney Channel. Several Disney Channel stars have expressed interest in taking a part, including Selena Gomez and Ashley Tisdale. Um. ASHLEY TISDALE AGAIN!? First she was going to be in the Teen Witch remake, now THIS ONE? Is this bitch trying to ruin my fucking childhood movies?! I am starting to take this personally. This shit is so wack!

Let me simma down now…stay tuned for the conclusion to my 1980’s Movie Heroines special next week!

lollll i CAN’T TAKE THIS choking on lols over here

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+ Getaway Girl Style – The Doom Generation


  • Tara
    May 14, 2009 at 2:12 am

    How have I never seen this movie? Oh my. It looks awesome. How has SJP NOT AGED A DAY BETWEEN THIS AND SATC? It is perplexing.

  • Nell
    May 14, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Wah! I love those headpieces, I’m heading down to the Early Learning Centre to get involved. Not so sure about the hairy gut-revealing top tho :'( Eek!

  • Ashe Mischief
    May 14, 2009 at 5:08 am

    I do not like this whole remaking great & oft underappreciated 80s teen films thing. Are they going to hit up “Can’t Buy Me Love” next?

    I totz forgot how amazing Helen Hunt was in this…

  • Joelle
    May 14, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I love, love this movie. I have it on DVD, of course.

    Slow… slow… quick quick…. slow! I so wanted to be Helen Hunt.

  • Mace Elaine
    May 14, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I won’t say how many times I’ve seen this movie, because it’s embarrassing. But yes, I’d make my own dance routines to Dancing in Heaven.

  • melissa
    May 14, 2009 at 9:49 am

    first of all, a joey lawrence doll?!? hahaha YES TMI!!

    second, LOVE this movie. one of my faves since childhood. can never get enough. reading this makes me wanna watch it like RIGHT NOW!!

  • Maria
    May 14, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Goooood, loooove this movie.
    Watch it at least once a month since I was seven years old.
    Aaand, I have the soundtrack. “Dancin’ in Heaven” is one of my favorite tunes, including Amy Hart’s “Too Cruel” and Rainey’s “Technique” which is the last song played in the movie and always makes me tear up a bit.

  • Miss Kitty
    May 15, 2009 at 6:43 am

    I love the fact that he was wearing a mid-driff shirt!!

  • amanda lee
    May 15, 2009 at 7:11 am

    I’ve never seen it! I just Netflix’d it…I’ll have it by next week. 🙂

    Also, those headpieces are amazing. You should Etsy that…I’d buy.

  • MagiShaun
    May 15, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Daddy likes dat gold spider even though I never NEVER enjoy seeing any live species of the arachnid family!

  • Mace Elaine
    May 15, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Oh man, I’m listening to Dancing in Heaven at work and I totally want to get up and dance. I wonder if that would weird out my coworkers. It is three thirty on a Friday, after all.

  • Tuffany
    May 15, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I FORGOT, I got these giant mantid and centipede hair clippies. I will bring them if I can get to that thing on Sunday.

  • Celisse
    May 16, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I had never seen this movie before! I downloaded it after reading this post cos I totally (embarrassingly) have a soft spot in my heart for Helen Hunt, DON’T ASK ME WHY!

    It was so cute and I love her white nails. YAYAYAYYYY.

  • sarah von
    May 19, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Sweet Jesus! Why have I never heard of this before! Adding this to my Netflix queue stat. Also, trying to incorporate more leg warmers into my life.

  • Elina
    July 1, 2010 at 1:22 am

    fave movie eva!

  • kate
    July 1, 2011 at 10:55 am

    this movie made my life as a child. strangely enough, i used to watch dance fever and solid gold (tv versions of this) with my blue-collar, western/tj hooker-watching, cowboy-boot-wearing, cigar-smoking paternal grandfather. ahh thanks for the memories. i thought lynne was soooo cool.


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