Title: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Let's attempt why Fast Times is an 80s gem:
1) Memorable scenes. To me, there are only three:
- Phoebe Cates often cited as a top sexual fantasy or bikini scene
- Pizza delivery scene in classroom
- Jefferson's wrecked car and Spicoli's solution ("Relax, all right? My old man is a television repairman, he's got this ultimate set of tools. I can fix it.")
- Sean Penn (Mystic River),
- Forrest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland and the linking actor from Vision Quest),
- Nicholas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas),
- Jennifer Jason Leigh (Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle),
- Eric Stolz (Mask),
- Anthony Edwards (ER),
- Judge Reinhold (Beverly Hills Cop),
- Phoebe Cates (Gremlins)
- Ray Walston (already established from My Favorite Martian) as the unforgettable Mr. Hand, the hard-nosed history teacher who really did care about his students.
4) Quotable quotes - Just my top picks of Fast Times at Ridgemont High quotes and a whole lot of Spicoli
- Hey Bud, let's party!
- All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine.
- Make up your mind, dude, is he gonna shit or is he gonna kill us?
- Relax, all right? My old man is a television repairman, he's got this ultimate set of tools. I can fix it.
- Learn it. Know it. Live it.
- That was my skull! I'm so wasted!
- What are you, people? On dope?
- Awesome! Totally awesome!
Coach Bill of The Team Hendryx blog has a post about Fast Times at Ridgemont High movie as he caught it on a late night. Please visit his post when you get a chance.
Lastly, it's often debated in small circles which teen comedies influenced the thousands of others that were made from the 80's on. The discussions often boil down to two - Animal House (1978) and Fast Times. Both have great soundtracks, many quotable lines, and fronted by rising stars. Although Animal House was made first, Fast Times set the bar. Now, I can't gauge how much influence that Animal House had on Fast Times, but I do realize that the ending of Fast Times, e.g. the narratives on what happened to each character, follows that of Animal House.