Thursday, October 11, 2007

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

So vulgar, so sexual, so…true! Fast Times at Ridgemont High is yet another teen movie that tells us how it is. The movie is about a fifteen year old girl named Stacey who is learning the ropes of high school and all of its expectations. I found the acting to be entertaining and the theme (peer pressure and relationships in accordance to sexuality) to be very interesting.

This movie is all about sex. When to do it, who to do it with, when not to do it, how to do it, and how it effects relationships. These are all constant concerns within this movie. The director of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Amy Heckerling, comments on the theme of the movie in the production notes of the DVD. She says:
“I love the theme about these kids having to deal with sex and jobs and things that people 20 years older than them are still dealing with. They were pushed into such a grown-up world and they were still children basically. Everything was going too fast for them. It was about growing up too quickly and having to deal with things at a very early age and how these kids pulled through it or didn’t pull through it.”

The movie hit the nail on the head with its realistic depiction of teenage life. Jennifer Jason Leigh, one of the main characters in the movie, comments on the realistic nature of the film.
“…Those sex scenes in The Blue Lagoon and Endless Lover are fantasies, too beautiful and romantic and idealistic. That’s not the way it is with kids who are having sex for the first time. Ours is true to life, children trying to be adults, self- conscious, clumsy, kind of funny and pathetic.”

I thought this movie was the perfect example of a 80s film. It is taken place in school and deals with peer pressure and fitting in by being sexual to a certain level. Because this movie is about growing up too fast, which is a problem I think every generation faces, this film is a classic. Want to get a better idea of what the movie is all about? Go to to see the trailer.

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