Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, Linda Barrett and Mike Damone, respectively. The center of the film is held by Jeff Spicoli, a perpetually stoned surfer dude who faces off with the resolute Mr. Hand, who is convinced that everyone is on dope. Written by
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The mall scenes were shot during the night from when the mall closed at 9:30 to when it opened at 9. The two kids who Damone scalps the tickets to were under 18 and due to labor laws couldn't film past certain hours so they only had a 10 minute window to shoot their scenes. See more »
During the driving sequence immediately preceding Spicoli's wreck, two scenes are repeated three times. The first shows him approaching two cars. The second shows him passing between them. See more »
In California, at Ridgemont High, a group of teenagers are looking for something as part of discoveries in their lives: the pothead Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn), who is permanently stoned, dreams on becoming a great surfer in Hawaii. His history teacher Mr. Hand (Ray Walston) is giving hard time to him. The fifteen year-old virgin Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) wants to have sex and her friend Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates) is her mentor. Her brother Brad Hamilton (Judge Reinhold) works at a fast-food and is paying for his Cadillac. He wants to break with his girlfriend Lisa (Amanda Wyss) now that he is senior to date other girls. The shy Mark 'Rat' Ratner (Brian Backer) is into Stacy and his friend Mike Damone (Robert Romanus) is his mentor. Along the semester, they have surprises and make discoveries about friendship and love.
"Fast Times at Ridgemont High" is a typical film for teenagers only; adults will certainly find it overrated, shallow and silly. The good points are the chance to see a generation of actors and actresses in the beginning of their careers. For example, this movie is the debut of Nicolas Coppola, a.k.a. Nicolas Cage with a brief participation. Another interesting point is how easy is to a fifteen year-old girl to have an induced abortion in a clinic; however, there is no message and the scene loses an opportunity to discuss a polemic theme. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Picardias Estudantis" ("Knaveries from Students")
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