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I just sort of fear that everybody does it now. Everything's hip, every commercial's hip. It almost makes you want to do a Mancini-type score, because nobody's doing it. It would set itself apart more than a pop score now. So the goal was, in this movie, to try some different things. [on the score for Elizabethtown]
He wrote the screenplay to Fast Times at Ridgemont High
(1982) based on his book. He wrote the book after posing as a student at Hollywood High School, the school that everyone from his side of the tracks wanted to attend.
His films often revolve around a dynamic successful person who loses everything and is forced to reevaluate their lives