Valley Girl, one of the earliest movies
starring Nicolas Cage (the earliest was Fast Times at
Ridgemont High), was a low-budget romantic comedy
released in 1983. Nicolas Cage (formerly known as
Nicolas Copolla) starred as Randy, and Deborah Foreman
starred as Julie Richman. Regardless of the films $350k
budget, it went on to earn over $17 million.
movie, Julie (Foreman), a valley girl with snobbish
friends, breaks up with her class-stud boyfriend after
deciding he wasn’t right for her. At a party, she meets
and soon begins to date a punk rocker named Randy
(Cage), much to the chagrin of Julie’s former
boyfriend. Julie’s snobbish friends begin to disown her
for dating Randy, who is not from the Valley like them.
Julie reluctantly succumbs to the peer pressure, and
ends up dumping a broken-hearted Randy to get back with
her ex-boyfriend. In the end, Julie follows her heart
after Randy aggressively pursues her, and the couple end
up together in the end (after Randy puts Julie’s ex in
his place, of course).