Thursday, April 2, 2020

At the Movies in the Age of Coronavirus: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)  is the next film in the "At the Movies in the Age of Coronavirus" series. 

A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.  The high school on which the film is based on a high school in Southern California

The film stars Sean Penn as a student and surfer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Judge Reinhold.  Ray Walston plays a by-the-book high school teacher, Mr. Hand.

The chronicles a school year in the lives of sophomores Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Mark Ratner (Brian Backer) and their older friends Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates) and Mike Damone (Robert Romanus), both of whom believe themselves wiser in the ways of romance than their younger counterparts. The ensemble cast of characters form two subplots with Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn), a perpetually stoned surfer, facing off against uptight history teacher Mr. Hand (Ray Walston), and Stacy's older brother, Brad (Judge Reinhold), a senior who works at a series of entry-level jobs in order to pay off his car and ponders ending his two-year relationship with his girlfriend, Lisa (Amanda Wyss).


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