The Sex and the City prequel series, The Carrie Diaries, premiered last night, and the new show follows a teen Carrie Bradshaw in the early '80s. This fun flashback — hello, neon fashion and big hair — took us back to the cheesy, girlie '80s flick Girls Just Want to Have Fun for obvious reasons: it stars the original Carrie, Sarah Jessica Parker, as the new girl at a Catholic high school with dreams of winning a TV dance competition. The '80s teen movie is packed with hilarious lines on sex and dating, especially from Janey's (SJP) best friend, Lynne (played by Helen Hunt). Take a trip back to the decade of side ponytails and leg warmers with these quotes from Girls Just Want to Have Fun!
Man! This one hurts a little. Twentieth Century Fox and Lakeshore Entertainment are planning a remake of the 1985 teen movie Girls Just Want to Have Fun. The film starred little baby-faced Helen Hunt and Sarah Jessica Parker as two teenage friends who love to dance and long to make their way — despite, of course, disapproving parents because parents just don't understand — onto their favorite show: Dance TV.
That part of the news is not too hard to swallow, since everything's being remade these days. '80s remakes, remakes, everywhere. But here's the kicker: according to Variety, "The comedy will be developed as a potential star vehicle for Miley Cyrus."
So, allow me to amend: this one hurts a lot. Miley Cyrus?! Really?
Do you feel that, too? That giant hole in your Wednesday and Thursday nights that used to be filled with glorious dance (and Nigel Lythgoe)? It's just one week since the finale, and I'm already suffering withdrawal from So You Think You Can Dance. My backup dance show, America's Best Dance Crew, is also nearly done. So I thought I'd share some of my favorite dance movies of all time to get me through these tough times. To see some of my picks, hit "Start."
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Last week seemed like a particularly rough time for celebrity deaths, and in the shuffle it would be easy to overlook Robert Hazard, who's hardly a household name. But the musician and songwriter, who died last week at age 59, gave Cyndi Lauper one of her biggest hits, and so I wanted to take a minute to pay tribute to the man behind "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."
As the story goes, Hazard wrote the poppy song in a motel bathtub in Delaware in the late '70s. Lauper's version appeared on her debut album, She's So Unusual, in 1983 and quickly climbed the charts, peaking at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100 and being named 1994's Video of the Year by MTV. It went on to spawn an '80s movie of the same name and dozens of covers, including one recently by Miley Cyrus.
I can't describe the original version as anything but a joy; it always gives me a little jolt of energy. I also love how much the song changes when put in different hands; some, like singer-songwriters Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, make it melancholy (check out their version), while others manage make it even peppier (the Chipettes on The Chipmunks, for example). Even Weird Al has had his bit of fun with it.
To check out the classic music video and a bunch of versions of the song, read more
This is a long FABTV so feel free to fast forward through the movie bits and only watch the radical dance moves. But, if you have not seen Girls Just Want to Have Fun — the ultimate Sarah Jessica Parker flashback — excuse yourself and go rent it stat. As I was saying . . . dance off! At the end of every great dance movie is a great dance scene. SJP and her Joey-Lawrence-look-a-like dance partner/boyfriend seriously cut a rug in matching crop tops and crazy jazz hair. They triumph the rich bitch and her robotic partner with their ultrasynchronized flips and agility. For the ultimate, go to 4:08 and take it in. Oh, and is "Dancing in Heaven" not the best digi dance song?
On the heels of her latest movie news, this week's Movie Night is all about Sarah Jessica Parker. She will forever be associated with Carrie Bradshaw on "Sex and the City," but the truth is, she's played some delightful non-Carrie-like characters in her day.
Banish from your mind Failure to Launch and If Lucy Fell, and check out three of my favorite movies that feature SJP. And instead of photo stills, this week I found short clips from each of these movies. This first one is truly a little bit of '80s bliss.
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
For this movie description — in case you somehow missed the movie back in the mid-1980s — I'm deferring to the Netflix write-up because it's rather hilarious: "Janey (Sarah Jessica Parker) is a shy good girl. Lynne (Helen Hunt) is a cool rock chick. But when the two friends scheme to get Janey on television's biggest after-school dance show, they find themselves on a wild adventure filled with cute boys, hot dancing, prudish nuns, mean rich kids, parents that just don't understand, and girls doing what they know best...just having FUN!"
For two more SJP suggestions and clips, read more