Friday, October 11, 2013

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

A nutty group of California high school students and their shenanigans...

This is the ever loving mother of High School-coming-of-age movies.  It can righteously be called a classic.

Sean Penn gave birth to the definitive "stoner" character, Spicoli, and rules it with an iron fist.  He steals every scene he's in outright.

It's a good mainstream cross-section group of HS students -- Jennifer Jason-Leigh and Brian Backer are the "nice" kids, weaving their way through the search for love.  Robert Romanus is the slick operator.  Sean Penn is the stoner.  Judge Reinhold is the fast-food-working-regular-guy.  Phoebe Cates is the precocious sex kitten. And the wonderful Ray Walston (my favorite martian) is the harsh history teacher, Mr. Hand.

What keeps this film from spiraling out of control, is that just about every character has a distinct shift as they come to terms with the consequences of their actions.

However, life lessons is not what this film is about.  It is about fun, pure and simple.  And it is a hoot to watch.

Quickie Synopsis

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