Ryan over at Popcorn, Soda and Goobers has started a wonderful weekly movie meme, entitled aptly, “Flick 4 Friday.” Now, I received an invite several weeks ago from Ryan to participate, but as I’ve been…and let’s call a spade a spade, shall we?…a gignormus lazy ass this summer, and have posted next to nothing on my poor neglected blog, while I had every good intention to jump on the Flick 4 Friday bandwagon, I seriously lacked the motivational energy. I am the most excellent procrastinator, you know.
Anyway, apologies to Ryan for my laziness. *grinwink*
This week, Flick 4 Friday asks “What is your favorite movie set at a school?” I would have to say the quintessential high school movie is Amy Heckerling’s “Fast Times At Ridgemont High.”
Written by Cameron Crowe, this film is fantastic, portraying 80’s teen culture at it’s most honest and angsty. “Fast Times” holds true to generations of fans and is still hilarious even now, twenty years later. Serving as a jumping off point for such actors as Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Eric Stoltz, and Forest Whitaker, “Fast Times” tells several stories at once. We feel for the naive & innocent high school sophomore who just wants a boyfriend and gets more than she bargained for, we chuckle at the stoner kid who orders pizza in class and is barely scraping by in history, we commiserate with the senior who hates his job, and finds that along with graduating, life is just moving a little too quickly. The nerd, the hustler, the slut, the jock-they’re all there. We watch the inevitable loneliness, unhappiness and heartbreak of high school coupled with the hilarity, humanity and warmth that seem to creep in around the edges, and it’s easy to remember our own teenage experience. It is in this way that “Fast Times” stands apart from the rest of it’s genre; it is truly timeless.