Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a true 1980s film with its cast chock-full of teenagers rebelling against adults, parents, anybody, through their partying, sexual exploits and slacker behavior. This movie was released in 1982 based on the book of the same name by Camerone Crowe. It is based partially on reality and what Crowe experienced while posing as a student at a San Diego high school.
The film focuses around a young girls dilemma over sex and a relationship. Played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, Stacy Hamilton struggles to find out what is more important to her, having copious amounts of sex with random people or having a relationship. It comments on high school life as the directors try to portray a seemingly realistic high school situation. It is filled with stereotypical high school characters, such as the stoner kid named Spicoli, played by Sean Penn, the genuine but nervous, almost geeky character of Mark who finds himself at a loss of words every time he is near a girl, then there is the sexually experienced and seductive best friend, and the highly optimistic, even though his life sucks, brother of Stacy, played by Judge Reinhold.
The film is entertaining, although it moves pretty quickly through the span of one year, spending only five minutes on the ins and outs of Stacy's abortion, the budding romances between certain characters, etc.