The 1982 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film Fast Times at Ridgemont High was adapted from Cameron Crowe’s 1981 book of the same name. It was directed by Amy Heckerling (in her feature directorial debut). Crowe conducted an undercover operation at Clairemont High School in San Diego and documented his findings.
The movie follows the lives of sophomores Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Mark Ratner (Brian Backer), as well as their older friends Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates) and Mike Damone (Robert Romanus), who both think they are more experienced when it comes to romantic relationships than their younger friends.
Brad Hamilton is a popular senior at Ridgemont High School, a made-up institution in the San Fernando Valley, and he eagerly anticipates his senior year. He aims to discontinue his relationship with Lisa in order to be fully eligible during his senior year. He works at All-American Burger, has almost finished paying off his 1960 Buick LeSabre automobile, and has a job.
He loses his job at All-American Burger as a result of a confrontation with a rude client, endangering his idyllic existence. Lisa tells Brad that she wants to end their relationship so that she can date other men as he tries to explain how much he needs her. Brad accepts a position at Captain Hook Fish & Chips but resigns after being made fun of by a gorgeous older woman while delivering meals since he was dressed like a pirate.
- Jeff Spicoli is portrayed by Sean Penn.
- As Stacy Hamilton, Jennifer Jason Leigh
- Bradley Hamilton as Judge Reinhold
- As Michael “Mike” Damone, Robert Romanus
- Mark “Rat” Ratner, played by Brian Backer
- playing Linda Barrett is Phoebe Cates.
- As Mr. Hand, Ray Walston
- As Arnold, Scott Thomson
- As Mr. Vargas, Vincent Schiavelli
- As Lisa, Amanda Wyss
- As Ron Johnson, D.W. Brown
Fast Times at Ridgemont High Review
How was Jennifer Jason Leigh able to endure this? How could they place such a young, upbeat character in such a shithole of a movie? Don’t they realize they are holding a star? Leigh completely won me over despite the fact that I didn’t even know who she was when I entered “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” She was a joy to see since she was filled with so much energy and light. She is then invited to engage in obscene vulgarity alongside the other participants in this so-called comedy.
Permit me to be clear. I have nothing against a comedy movie dealing with vulgarity. Occasionally, when it serves as inspiration, like in “The Producers” or “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” I treasure it. But how you handle obscenity in a comedy is very important; the tone is crucial. The creators of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” have a real talent for taking situations that may be amusing and turning them into embarrassing ones for everyone. They are deaf to tone.
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