memories of the ’80s – Foxes

This 1980 film avoided the cliches and stereotypes and show what it was like to be an American teen girl in the film Foxes.

Deidre (Kandice Stroh)  is boy crazy and all about disco, Madge (Marilyn Kagan) is unhappy with her weight and still being a virgin, Annie (Cherie Currie) is a runaway and takes pills while Jeannie (Jodie Foster) acts like the Mum to the other three, while trying to get closer to her father, a rock band manager.

The first film of director Adrian Lyne, it focuses on four teen girls growing up in the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles.

Roseanna Arquette, Kristy McNichol, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Diane Lane all auditioned for this film, to play the character Annie. A young Demi Moore also tried to gain a part in the film.

The film shows how the girls deal with stress and the ups and downs of being teenage girls, almost adults and lured by the many temptations of the late 1970s.

The film shows the girls easily getting into the world of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, avoiding school and that the few adults in their world are just as enamoured of the party scene too.

Originally the plot was an all girl band, and the effects of the adult lifestyles, but the story was rewritten multiple times and eventually became about four friends instead.

Although  given great reviews by many critics, including Roger Ebert, the film didn’t do big business at the box office. The film’s depiction of the binds of friendship is the key to its unique view – and how the girls eventually grow up – getting serious and considering the future. Randy Quaid plays the eventual boyfriend of Madge, while Scott Baio is Brad, who is in love with Jeannie.

The soundtrack was more popular than the film, scored by Giorgio Moroder, and featured the songs Fly Too High, Shake It, Bad Love, Ship of Fools and More than a Feeling.

This was Jodie Foster’s last role before she took a four year break from acting to pursue college, while this was Cherie Currie’s first role, as she was primarily known as the singer from The Runaways.

I saw the film many years after release and was fascinated with the depiction of the girls of the San Fernando Valley – who were exposed to much more adult lives than I ever was. If I had seen it when I was younger, I probably would have understood the girls, as opposed to seeing it later in life when I pitied them.

A film that has faded from pop culture, Lyne’s view of young friendships were an interesting commentary of the late 1970s.

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About Waheeda Harris

A pop culture junkie with a penchant for exploring our planet.
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