Sean Penn as a surfer.That'll haunt him for the rest of his career. Good thing it's one of his best roles. Spiconi, the slacker to be all, end all, and start all slackers. One of my fave scenes in movie history is when he tells off his teahcer, who i think is played by Vincent Price.
Amy Heckerling (Clueless, A Night at the Roxbury) started out with this fun piece of film. She wasn't heard from again for 12 years. Now there's quite the slump. Besides being funny (the already mentioned Penn and the much parodied-Phoebe Cates/Judge Reingold bathing suit scene), the movie also was the first ever to deal with teen abortion. Jennifer Jason Lee, who like Heckerling did not resurface for a number of years, makes a great suffering teen, who desperate to fit in loses her virginity in a pool house to someone who could never care about or love her.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High is often overlooked when thinking of great films of the 80's, but this wasn't just another Porky's, it had substance, too.Plus, Judge got to wear that cool hat.