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While Fast Times at Ridgemont High features Sean Penn's legendary performance, the film endures because it accurately captured the small details of school, work, and teenage life.
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What it doesn't have is a clear point of view, something that would make it of more interest than leafing through a high school yearbook.
Director Amy Heckerling has failed to provide the raunch or poignancy that would interest young moviegoers, all of whom have seen American Graffiti and its 467 imitators. Ridgemont High? A nice place to visit, but who would want to transfer there?
Fast Times will always be remembered for one thing: showing respect for and insight into the members of its core audience, something that was as rare in the 1980s as it is today.
The nice thing is that Crowe and director Amy Heckerling have provided something pleasant to observe in all of these characters though they really are sadly lacking in anything gripping.
Was never all it was cracked up to be.
Lacks the frenzied energy which allowed Porky's to beat all competitors in its field.
Heckerling undercuts the usual teensploitation tropes at every turn.
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" is a remarkable outlier in the teen movie genre even if tone-deaf critics such as Roger Ebert panned the film upon its released in 1982.
I'll take something like The Breakfast Club or many of John Hughes films over Crowe's characters any day.
Fast Times is a brilliant, funny and often challenging examination of teenage life in the early 1980s.
Teen movie is full of sex, drugs, and misbehavior.
A cult classic.
Literally time captured in a bottle, this look at generic high school kids living their lives catches the feel of the times pretty well, and without the inclusion of without-a-clue parents to distract. In fact, the main older people are the teachers simply trying to do their jobs. The soundtrack is as good as the kids' hunger for acceptance, and the language of the script doesn't strain itself like in so many other coming-of-age masterpieces. A good bet.
It's certainly flawed, however, Sean Penn gives a bravura performance and the film has ample nostalgic charm and humor to entertain. It is, however, nowhere as near touching or deep as John Hughes' The Breakfast Club and Pretty Pink which manage to capture the essence of high school not just through classic clichés, but through atmospheric cinematography and messages that transcend the basic "growing up is tough." The film ultimately, despite being relatable, doesn't accomplish a whole lot.
LOL funny but not terribly memorable. I find young Jennifer Jason Leigh's moonface utterly forgettable (unlike her adult jagged little pill face), but she does well when she tells Damone, "No. Take that back," after he accuses her of wanting sex more than he did. My favorite character would have to be Brad, played by the Honorable Judge Reinhold. He's a doofy but supportive older brother who gets some great dad-ish lines, "Learn it. Know it. Live it."
Spicoli is great and some of the scenes are funny, yet I found it difficult to get into this film. Maybe it's because it lacks a story. Instead it studies the life of high school kids, and for that it's entertaining. It's similar to "Dazed and Confused", just a different era.
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