Based on the actual high-school experiences of writer Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous), Fast Times at Ridgemont High is the story of a bunch of kids growing up in southern
Based on the actual high-school experiences of writer Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous), Fast Times at Ridgemont High is the story of a bunch of kids growing up in southern California – slackers, stoners, scam artists and the occasional semi-normal kid, they make their way through the end of high school trying to get laid, get high, and get on with their lives.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress in 2005 as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” If you’re familiar with Fast Times, you understand why that feels … a little messed up. Sean Penn’s Spicoli is iconic, for example, but sort of hard to defend as a cultural artifact. But if Fast Times is culturally significant, high school is personally significant, the wellspring of a lot of personal issues that never quite feel resolved. It’s a movie about hormones, culture, confusion, bad decisions, and the rollercoaster weight of life changes in high school, but it gets so many of the little details of life at that age so right that it manages to be more than the sum of its parts.
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