Legacy Review

Valley Girl (2020)

There’s a fine line between “carrying a movie” and “completely wasted by a movie that you totally outclass,” and Jessica Rothe toes that line this entire movie as it bounces between bearable and dire. Rothe, like in the Happy Death Days, is a true star, inhabiting her Valley girl persona but also suggesting something richer and more tender to her character. She’s not an amazing singer, but it doesn’t much matter because nobody here is.

The rest of the cast is a roller coaster. Half of it is really solid actors who are charming if occasionally misused (Alicia Silverstone, Mae Whitman, Chloe Bennet, Judy Greer, Rob Huebel, etc.), and half of it is a bunch of zeros who leave no impression. Most frustrating is Josh Whitehouse as the costar who has little of what the role demands (looks, presence, pipes, chemistry). Most vile is Logan Paul, a wet sack of crap as the d-bag boyfriend. At least he fits the casting!

The music is surprisingly low-energy, with weirdly empty production and high school-level choreography. It also has some horrific anachronism jokes. But the outfits and 80s colors are a blast.

Whenever Rothe is onscreen, which is most of the movie, the movie works well enough, so I can’t say I hated it overall, but meh. (Fun fact: Rothe, who plays a high schooler, was 33 when this movie came out.)

Is It Good?

Not Very Good (3/8)

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