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Thirty years ago, before Nicolas Cage was “Nicolas Cage,” he was just a young punk looking for love in the San Fernando Valley. Before he was the Oscar-winning mad man we know and love, director Martha Coolidge cast Cage in her 1983 film Valley Girl, a Romeo and Juliet story with a “modern” twist. Valley Girl is 30 years old this year, and Film Independent at LACMA is presenting an anniversary screening with the director on hand. It takes place Thursday May 16 in Los Angeles and will be followed by an ’80s costume contest and party. Yes, this is the ultimate screening for Valley Girl and ’80s fans.

/Film has five pairs of tickets to give away for the screening. Find out how to enter, or buy tickets and guarantee a shot, below.If you’re available to be in Los Angeles Thursday night, May 16, for a 7:30 p.m. screening, email slashfilmcontest@gmail.com. The first five confirmed attendees will get two tickets each.

[UPDATE - All five pairs have been accounted for...] But tickets are still available for purchase! Visit this link to buy them.

Thanks to Film Independent for the tickets and we hope everyone has a blast. Here’s the trailer to Valley Girl, followed by the official description of the event.

Director Martha Coolidge’s landmark 1983 comedy marks its thirtieth anniversary this year. Nicolas Cage’s satellite dish-sized eyes and shambling time made their leading man debut as Randy, the amiable punk who falls for Julie (Deborah Foreman) when he and his best friend Fred (Cameron Dye) crash a San Fernando Valley party. Coolidge boils down Romeo and Juliet and reduces it to a power-pop confection about the class tensions between the distance that divides Los Angeles proper from the suburban wonderland on the other side of the hill.

Cage’s shaggy assertiveness marked the beginning of the ’80s in film, and Coolidge packed the film solidly with a talented and eccentric cast that included Elizabeth Daily (her baby-smoky voice would provide a counterpoint to Paul Reuben’s determined arrested development in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and propel several animated series, including Rugrats), Quentin Tarantino repertory player Michael Bowen and, as Julie’s parents who refuse to let the sun go down on the ’70s, Fredric Forrest and Colleen Camp. Even co-writer/co-producer Wayne Crawford would go on to make his mark; for this group, as Modern English noted in a song that functions as the unofficial Valley Girl theme (and is now used in chocolate commercials), “The future’s open wide.”

Get into the 80?s spirit and dress up! Costume contest judged by director Martha Coolidge and reception to follow the screening.

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