See more » This is one of those films which creeps up on you.
On the surface, it is a romantic cliche, but it is extremely well done.
The film is set against the strict social hierarchy of an American public high school.
She’s a drummer, a rebel, and head over heels in love with Keith. Keith, a talented painter, wants to go to art school. The date is a little awkward, especially since Amanda plans on bringing him to a party to make Hardy jealous and Keith knows he’ll get his butt kicked. Following the Teen Romance movie rules of course Keith is in love with the popular girl, Amanda Jones, played by Mrs. And still following the rules she dates the most popular boy, Hardy, played by hottie Craig Sheffer. He works diligently in school studying and after as a mechanic. Keith knows of Hardy’s infidelity and vows to win Amanda’s heart. But he shows her that he, a poor kid like her, can give her nice things. Little does Hardy or Amanda know that some of Keith’s friends from detention, the rough kind, are showing up to support him. I heard her explain this at a Q&A following a screening of Valley Girl.It was a big upset when she was eventually replaced by Deutch who just kinda remade Pretty In Pink again with Some Kind Of Wonderful."Eric Stoltz and Lea Thompson were actually dating during the making of the movie.He later uses his college fund, with Watts in tow, and selects a pair of earrings for Amanda.
Meanwhile, Hardy Jenns (Craig Sheffer), Amanda's ex-boyfriend from a wealthy neighborhood, plots trouble for Keith by inviting him and Amanda to a party after their date. Keith finds out about the plot, believing Amanda to be part of it, but goes ahead with the date anyway, spending the rest of his college money on an expensive dinner and roping in Watts (as chauffeur) to help make the date special.When Watts is shooting craps with the off-duty waiters behind the restaurant, as she counts out the money to place her next bet she's holding a cigarette in her left hand.In the next shot, her cigarette is in her right hand.UPDATE: politeintruder kindly wrote in to add that "Martha Coolidge spent a long time in prep for the film as well.Her influence on the emotional aspects of the script are still there.When Keith asks out the most popular and attractive girl in school, Amanda Jones (Lea Thompson), Watts realizes her feelings for him are much deeper.