Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High Quote: “All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine.” – Jeff Spicoli

“Fast Times at Ridgemont High” did everything an ’80s high school movie was supposed to do. It did it first, and it did it best. The cast of young actors grew up to be some of the biggest names in Hollywood, Cameron Crowe went on to write “Jerry McGuire” and “Almost Famous,” and director Amy Heckerling changed America’s view of teens again when she created “Clueless.”

Find out how “Fast Times” taught Big D about women’s struggles; why Ash’s mom calls it “the abortion movie,” and why Gene thinks shopping malls will make a comeback.

Also … the bikini scene … yeah, it still holds up.”

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Plot Summary: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is a pretty, but inexperienced, teen interested in dating. Given advice by her uninhibited friend, Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates), Stacy gets trapped in a love triangle with nice guy Mark Ratner (Brian Backer) and his more assured buddy Mike Damone (Robert Romanus). Meanwhile, Stacy’s classmate Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn), who lives for surfing and being stoned, faces off against Mr. Hand (Ray Walston), a strict teacher who has no time for the slacker’s antics.

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  1. Thomas Forsyth says:

    Fast Times was a favorite movie to watch when I was in HS. It was on USA weekend nights when I was with my father. I do admit I was a bit surprised that Mr. Hand wasn’t a coach.

    Ash> I am always happy to hear from a fellow New Orleanian. I went to De La Salle and later Loyola, so I always enjoy it when you bring up New Orleans. Hopefully we Cavaliers weren’t too low on the cool meter.

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