Format: Amazon Watch Party
Decade: so, so 1980's
Sort of like Teen Witch from roughly the same era, Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) feels a bit like the people putting it together didn't really know how to make a movie. Or else they didn't have the money to do what they intended to do, which is probably evidenced by the lack of ability to license the Cindy Lauper version of the titular song of the movie.
A very young Sarah Jessica Parker plays a Catholic High School girl who has just moved to Chicago. She's moved around a lot, but is excited by this move as Chicago is the home of a very famous dance show she watches religiously, and she wants to try out to be ON the show as a regular featured dancer. She immediately becomes besties with Helen Hunt, who is struggling to play rebellious and daffy and maybe punk? But who dreams of being the "music news" portion of the show.
Anyway - there's a rich girl who is mean, a dopey looking biker guy who just wants to DANCE, and nuns. Oh, and Jonathan Silverman playing an 80's-excess-loving entrepreneurial teen/ a dork.
This is why 80's kids gravitated to John Hughes movies. Even when they were maybe problematic or kind of hand-wavy when it came to stories, they felt competent, and the teens weren't just shrieking and running from place to place. Parents were occasionally more than cardboard cut outs. Kids have recognizable issues, like "I just want someone to like me" or "see me".
But this movie has weird issues like being unsure if the main character lives in an apartment or house. Her dad is so blandly written he feels like a goddamn monster, cowing daughter and wife. And Helen Hunt is acting mostly through hair clippies.
I dunno. I am not a 10 year old girl in 1985, and that's who this was meant for.