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I fall somewhere between the two of them on the guilt scale over one of the most notable holes in my cinematic vocabulary. As a superior teen sex comedy, one whose characters actually vaguely resemble teenagers as seen in real life, it stood out amid other films of its type and its era. Its hellish quotability ensures that it still comes up often, more than 25 years after it was made.
Because Fast Times at Ridgemont High arrived in movie theaters during the height of the '80s "teenspoitation" era, it has often been unfairly lumped together with Porky's and its successors and copycats. In reality, Fast Times is smarter and more perceptive. While teensploitation movies thrived on juvenilia, sex jokes, and nudity, Fast Timeslike Valley Girl and The Last American Virginis character-based and character-driven.
Among the early difficulties the production encountered was finding a director for the comedy, which also featured future best actor Oscar winners Forest Whitaker and Nicolas Cage — billed as Nicolas Coppola — as well as Eric Stoltz and Anthony Edwards. We met again. He was very, very sweet about it, but slightly perplexed we thought of him. Years later, Crowe ran into Lynch and reminded him of the meeting.
Imagine making a movie set in high school today where one of your main characters is a 15 year old freshman girl who, in the first ten minutes, loses her virginity to a 26 year old guy in a local baseball field dugout, then later on has a 30 second sexual encounter with a high school kid, resulting in her becoming pregnant, followed by her having an abortion. As it turns out, no. Fast Times exists as a transitional movie in a transitional period.
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Director John Milius' action-adventure, swords-and-sorcery fantasy film featured muscle-bound Arnold Schwarzenegger in a star-making role after he had reigned as Mr. Universe and starred in Pumping Iron as the vengeful and bitter title character Conan, in a tale filled with blood, sex, violence, and sword-fighting choreography. He sought revenge for the slaying of his parents when he was young by charismatic snake-cult leader Thulsa Doom James Earl Jones.
Believe it or not, Sean Penn first became famous for being a hilarious comic actor. Yep, the intense, Method-acting, two-time Oscar-winner made his big splash playing blissed-out teenage surfer dude Jeff Spicoli in " Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Released 35 years ago this week, on August 13,"Fast Times" not only made Penn a star, but also gave early career boosts to several future A-listers and made the behind-the-camera reputations of director Amy Heckerling " Clueless " and screenwriter Cameron Crowe " Jerry Maguire ".