Valley Girl is a 1983 romantic comedy film, starring Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Michelle Meyrink, Elizabeth Daily, Cameron Dye, and Michael Bowen, directed by Martha Coolidge. The American release of Valley Girl was April 29, 1983. The plot is loosely based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Valley Girl was shot on a shoestring budget of $350,000, but earned fifty times that amount. The actors went to high schools in the Valley to learn or reacquaint themselves with Valleyspeak. One of the early scenes used dialogue that was 100% dialect. The dialect was used only sparingly thereafter, for the sake of clarity.