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 Cable TV Version has many scenes omitted from the home video and laser disc versions. It is also missing the obvious scenes with nudity. Some of the scenes added are:
Damone and Rattner talk about what to do on a date and Damone telling Ratt to play Led Zeppelin IV. This scene is followed by a scene in which Phoebe Cates and Jennifer Jason Leigh are talking on the phone and they are in their bra and panties (this scene is sometimes omitted when showing on cable depending on how prude the network airing it is.) In this conversation Phoebe Cates warns Jennifer Jason Leigh about Led Zeppelin IV.
A new scene between Stacey and her brother and his friends where they warn her about Mr. Hand.
A new scene between Brad and a guidance counselor about his life.
After Brad gets fired there is a scene where he rips down a Coca-Cola poster in his bedroom.
Mr. Hand signing people's annuals (yearbooks) at the school dance.
A fast-paced film with its share of laughs, Fast Times also takes time to sensitively handle many of the tough issues teens face. Abortion, trust, abandonment and sexual fears are all dealt with fairly and believably. An interesting snapshot into the world of teenagers--the great thing about this film is that it's not too stereotypically Californian. It could have been set anywhere in Canada or USA and still have been just as accurate. In addition, there are many scenes that will just have you doubled over with laughter--the carrot scene, as well as the interaction between rebel Sean Penn and angry Mr.Hand are just fantastic.
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