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Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Year: 1982
Director: Amy Heckerling
Writer: Cameron Crowe
Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Judge Rheinhold, Sean Penn, Forest Whitaker, Vincent Schiavelli, Nicolas Cage, Anthony Edwards, Martin Brest
The definitive teen movie of teenage life in the 1980s, whose most interesting aspect is actually how it's dated and how different that world is from today. The subject of teenage sex and abortion are covered so lightly they rarely divert from it being a light teen comedy.

Not much more than a day in the life of a bunch of horny teens in a small California town as they all try to navigate the life of work, fun and entertainment in some of the most American of institutions (the mall, the burger place, the school lockers).

And like many films that grow a cult following or enjoy the position of launching several stellar careers, not all it's cracked up to be. Some of the most recognisable talents in Hollywood populated some very stereotypical parts (particular Sean Penn as Spicoli, as the sort of character that would be endlessly rehashed in everything from Bill and Ted to the Ninja Turtles.

Some funny parts, but mostly bad acting, pretty shoddy scripting, and a very loose plot that picks up and drops strands of stories at random.

Blink and you'll miss Nicolas Cage in the grandstand at the football game (credited as Nicolas Coppola).

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