Fast Times At Ridgemont High by Cameron CroweThis is a true story. In the fall of 1979 Cameron Crowe at 22 years of age walked into the office of Principal William Grays office and asked permission to attend classes for the full length of the school year to research a book he was to write of his experiences inside the walls of Ridgemont High and Redondo Beach, California. This is the day-by-day journal of horny and wasted semi-blank adults who dont know a thing about their future.
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Teen comedy films are a dime a dozen—but every once in awhile, one comes along that isn't just funny and truthful, but manages to stand the test of time. Fast Times at Ridgemont High premiered in , and more than three decades later, its blend of raucous comedy and poignant coming-of-age drama still rings true. You don't have to be a child of the '70s to identify with the struggles of high schoolers working at low-paying jobs, navigating romantic relationships, or dealing with teenage pregnancy. It's not surprising that the film was based on real events—drawn from the book Cameron Crowe wrote after spending a year undercover at a California high school. Fast Times at Ridgemont High was a sleeper hit that became a cult classic, and it helped launch the careers of many young actors along the way. Let's take a look back at the cast that helped make Fast Times such a success, and find out what they're up to today. Stoner and surfer dude Jeff Spicoli Sean Penn spends most of his school days locked in perpetual battle with his straight-laced history teacher, Mr.
Prepare to get Jackson Browne stuck in your head for at least a few days. Consensual statutory rape is still statutory rape, after all. Yet, despite this heaviness and ickiness, Fast Times still holds up, and has retained its cult status, largely because it was a very real film taking an unflinching look into the private lives of bored, confused, horny teenagers. Brad Hamilton may not have had much style or substance, but he was a pretty solid big brother, being there for Stacy when she needed him and all. Since Fast Times ended, Reinhold has continued to work steadily in the business, with memorable parts in both television and film, from Detective Billy Rosewood in the Beverly Hills Cop series to his guest appearances on Arrested Development to his role as Neil Miller in The Santa Clause movies. Reinhold ran into a minor bit of legal trouble when he was arrested in December for a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge at a Dallas airport. It was reported that Reinhold passed the security screening, but when one of his bags required further inspection, he got a bit rankled and wound up getting arrested.
When Cameron Crowe was a young writer at Rolling Stone magazine he went undercover for a year at a high school in San Diego, an experience that became a book called 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The comedy was a modest hit in , but it launched the careers of both Crowe and Heckerling. In the 30 years since, 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' has come to be recognized as teen classic, and some of the actors who played the students grew up to be pretty big stars. The year-old is also known for his tabloid exploits and outspoken political views. And 'Vice Versa.
Of course, like most stereotypes, this is only how he appears on the surface. In the movie, we watch as she has crushes on different boys, asks her best friend Linda for dating advice, and learns about the pain of getting scorned. Most importantly, we watch her come full circle as she comes back to the guy who had a crush on her all along. She recently appeared in the fresh Netflix original series Atypical, where she plays Elsa, the overprotective mother of her high functioning autistic child Sam. Although Fast Times follows the various storylines of a handful of characters, the movie feels strangely centered around Mark Ratner, played by Brian Backer. Their young romance has a few rocky bumps, including a heartbreak or two, but the movie leaves you feeling good that these two might actually work out.