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|Fast Times at Ridgemont High |
Actors: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Director: Amy Heckerling
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Before he became an overrated filmmaker, Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire) was a reporter for Rolling Stone who was so youthful looking that he could go undercover for a year at a California high school and write a book about ... more »
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Sid the Elf | North Pole | 09/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When it comes to Sid you may think we're all about b and nothing else, but that's just not true. Yes we do love a horribly low budget straight to video releases but also have a big place in the stocking for some corny 80's comedy. Despite the fact that most 80's films are well loved among the masses they do walk the line of b just perfect enough for Sid to get plenty of enjoyment. Fast Times at Ridgemont high is one of those classics that never seems to lose it's luster.
We won't bother with the synopsis since almost everyone on earth has watched this at least once before. If you haven't it's pretty much your typical high school 80's comedy except with a great cast along the board. Naturally Sid's 2 favorites are stoner Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) and Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates) for obvious reasons. Spicoli's constant baked dialogue is just perfect and Linda's famous scene getting out of the pool is possible the finest 80's moment in history. It certainly gets the Santa seal of approval. Sid 100% has and will always love this flick and plan on honoring Spicoli at this years Woody Awards for the best stoner lifetime achievement award."
Not to be Missed
purplehaloz | 07/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film is about (mostly) middle class high schoolers during the opening years of the 1980s. The Sixties are over. Generation X has yet to define itself to an America that has begun its post-boom economic decline. Aids is not yet in the popular lexicon. (You get the picture).
The technical aspects include well crafted editing and brilliant acting by a young Sean Penn and many others, including Ray Walston of My Favorite Martian and Damn Yankees fame. In Ridgemont High he steps aside from his roles as, respectively, a martian in My Favorite Martian - The Complete First Season and the devil in Damn Yankees, to play a U.S. History teacher named Mr. Hand, that tries to get through to a group of young people whose minds are on their next date--or in the case of Penn's character, Spicoli, their next bong hit or pizza.
Spicoli appears to be out to lunch-- in the case of the pizza delivery to class, literally-- until he surprises the teacher one fine day with an astute--if not wholly coherent--paraphrase of America's most cherished and legendary history.
Fast Times is a heartwarming, coming of age film that encapsulates American youth at a fascinating time in history. Not to be missed!