Christopher’s review of Fast Times At Ridgemont High: A True Story
Fast Times – San Diego Union
Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a American coming-of-age comedy film directed by Amy Heckerling and written by Cameron Crowe , adapted from his book of the same title. The film was the directorial debut of Amy Heckerling and chronicles a school year in the lives of sophomores Stacy Hamilton Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mark Ratner Brian Backer , and their respective older friends Linda Barrett Phoebe Cates and Mike Damone Robert Romanus , both of whom believe themselves wiser in the ways of romance than their younger counterparts. The ensemble cast of characters form two subplots with Jeff Spicoli Sean Penn , a perpetually stoned surfer , facing off against uptight history teacher Mr. Hand Ray Walston , and Stacy's older brother, Brad Judge Reinhold , a senior who works at a series of entry-level jobs in order to pay off his car and ponders ending his two-year relationship with his girlfriend, Lisa Amanda Wyss. In , the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Brad Hamilton is a popular senior at Ridgemont High School and looks forward to his final year of school. He has a job at All-American Burger, almost has his Buick LeSabre paid off, and plans to break up with his girlfriend Lisa, so he can be completely eligible during the year.
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Even if you already have most of Fast Times at Ridgemont High memorized, get to know the teen sex comedy on a deeper level with these behind-the-scenes facts. Cage was originally supposed to play Brad, but the filmmakers relegated him to a background role after his improvisations during the auditioning process were deemed too weird. Cage, who was only 17, lied about his age to snag a role. Hand, but he turned it down because he objected to the teenage sex and drug use in the script. With all of the buzz surrounding Stranger Things and its successful third season, it's not surprising to hear that more and more actors want to get involved in the series.