"Fast Times at Ridgemont High" is enjoyably cummy fluff more notable in the long run for fun performances by Sean Penn and a post-"Mean Streets" Richard Romanus (who was never to be heard from again) than for actual cinematic worth.It has that Cameron Crowe feel--he wrote it, based on a book written after he went undercover at a high school. Scenes that are touching, scenes that are funny, and scenes that are relatable to your everyday life mix together to form a frothy, understandably popular blend.
It's one of those movies you can watch three times in one day, and be ready to watch it four more times the next day. Pure fun--nothing more, nothing less.
I rented this movie 'cause everyone I knew had seen it and raved about what a classic it was. Also, sometimes you're just in the mood for some nudity, without a bunch of art house pretense.
I got much more than I bargained. At once light weight and strangely, emotionally addicting, this movie gets you wrapped up in the lives of its characters and the various plot strands that come together in a surprisingly solid fashion.
Good performances, sweet soundtrack, and leisurely direction by Amy Heckerling. What more could you ask for?Did I mention that guy from "Mean Streets" is in it?