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Valley Girls at Trylon Cinema L-R: 'Valley Girl,' 'Foxes,' 'Clueless'

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Valley Girls

Feb. 10
8 p.m.
Every Sun. from Feb. 11-26
7 p.m.
Daily from Feb. 11-12
9 p.m.
Feb. 17
7:30 p.m.
Daily from Feb. 18-19
9:15 p.m.
Daily from Feb. 25-26
9 p.m.
$8 per film
Film

Valley girls first emerged from the affluent neighborhoods of Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley in the early 1980s. Known for their, like, totally unfazed slang and casually detached attitude, they were an easy target for condescending commentaries on youth culture as materialistic, vapid, and shamelessly self-obsessed. Not only were such withering dismissals unfair, they also overlooked the youthful vibrancy of the valley girl outlook. Trylon Cinema’s series begins with Valley Girl (1983), the film most responsible for defining the lifestyle and persona. It’s a classic tale of a girl from the valley who falls for a punk (a young Nicolas Cage) from the wrong side of town. Approaching teenage angst from a more grounded perspective, Foxes (1980) revolves around a group of friends (led by Jodie Foster) whose irreverent posturing is a cover for lives marred by broken homes, crippling insecurities, and widespread drug abuse. On a much lighter note, Clueless (1995) demonstrated that the valley girl was alive and well over a decade later with the story of an enormously popular teen (Alicia Silverstone) who finds a charitable cause in rehabilitating the tragically unfashionable new girl at school.