Fast Times at
Ridgemont High was a teenage coming-of-age comedy released in 1982.
The movie starred Sean
Penn as Jeff Spicoli, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Stacy
Hamilton, Judge Reinhold as Brad Hamilton, Phoebe Cates
as Linda Barrett, and even Nicolas Cage in a small role.
The movie did not received the best ratings in 1982, but
it was successful at the box office, and it continues to
be an iconic 80's movie.
The movie essentially
follows the lives of a number of high school students
over the year. There is Brad Hamilton (Reinhold),
a popular high school senior whose girlfriend dumps him
to play the field (she beat him to the punch). He
just wants to earn enough money to pay off his car.
There is his sister, Stacy Hamilton (Leigh), a
precocious sophomore who turns out to be quite
promiscuous and ends up paying a steep price because of
it. Her best friend Linda (Cates), is full of bad
there is pot head, surfer Jeff Spicoli (Penn), who ends
up making the history teacher so angry, that the teacher
makes Spicoli spend a number of hours after school
learning his lessons. This is one of Penn's most
memorable 80's roles, and it is difficult to think of
the movie without thinking of Spicoli. It is worth
mentioning that in the end, Spicoloi saves Brooke
Shields from drowning, and then promptly blows the
reward money on his birthday party by hiring Van Halen