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Fast Times At Ridgemont High [DVD]
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Modern cult classic that follows the exploits of a group of High School students who all get up to mischief and mayhem. There's Stacy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Linda (Phoebe Cates) who go from one sexual misadventure to the other, the go getter Brad(Judge Reinhold) and the ultimate surf dude Spicoli (Sean Penn). With an all star cast and a host of famous cameos, Fast Times at Ridgemont High is not to be missed!
Before he became an overrated filmmaker, Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire) was a reporter for Rolling Stone who was so youthful looking that he could go undercover for a year at a California high school and write a book about it. He wrote the script for this film, based on that book, and it launched the careers of several young actors, including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, and, above all, Sean Penn. The story line is episodic, dealing with the lives of iconic teen types: one of the school's cool kids, a nerd, a teen queen, and, most enjoyably, the class stoner (Penn), who finds himself at odds with a strict history teacher (a wonderfully spiky Ray Walston). This is not a great movie but very entertaining and, for a certain age group, a seminal movie experience. --Marshall Fine
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The first thing I noticed about fast times is how many now famous faces were in this film, it is truly amazing! The slew of current day icons include Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage (in a very minor blink and you'll miss him role) and Forest Whitaker
I was born the year after this film was released so I'm not that far removed from the culture of it but I can see how Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a product of its times, and so may seem hopelessly out of date to a newer generation raised on facebook and other attention deficit disorder producing media, but after seeing it now for the first time some 30 years after its release, the film is still surprisingly engaging and often pretty funny, if undeniably somewhat dated.
While Fast Times at Ridgemont High is very segmented and anecdotal, the anecdotes themselves are filled with little character moments which are fascinating, compelling, and most importantly, emotional. Even the stoned out lunacy of Sean Penn's character, Spicoli is oddly truthful in its own way, and Penn's completely amazing performance simply knocks it out of the park with the tiniest moments of insight behind the completely believably intoxicated eyes.Read more ›
In my opinion all those teen sterotypes are all tracked back to this film, every Californian stoner in a movie is based on Spiccoli.
The mian character is played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, a sexually active fifteen year old who is unfortunately best friends with Phobe Cates' legendary character (OMG! I'd die for a body like hers!) Then there's the nice guy, who finds it hard to make the first move & Leigh's older brother, juggling relationship troubles with a job.
Okay so there's not much depth & you probably won't care much about any of the characters but this is an exceptional teen movie, if you're looking for depth & a storyline go for anything but this movie, as a matter of fact don't bother with any teen movie if thats what your looking for (with an exception to The Breakfast Club that is).
If you want a fun, fast-paced teen comedy Fast Times should be your first pick. If you don't like teen comedies you're an idiot for even considering watching this in the first place.
The extras on the blu ray, seem to be the same as on the DVD although the blu ray doesnt seem to list the Hangouts of Ridgemont High extra feature, but I havent gone through them yet to see if its there or not.
The man reason I have given this such a low score is the transfer. The colours are brighter its true, but the transfer is horribly grainy on a good number of the scenes, with some discolouration on the things like skin tone etc.
I know this isnt a new movie, but I own enough blu rays of films older than this, dating back to the 60s and early 70s that have picture transfers head and shoulders above this.
I dont understand why some companies make so little effort in their transfers.
When they get the transfer right, it looks amazing, which is why the grainy scenes are so annoying.
The overall movie is nothing special, might have been new at the time but now the characters are a bit of a clichè.
Penn is the key.
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Nothing wrong with product. Always get charged I feel to much when 2 dvds In one packet. Yet my fellow housemate gets charged for just the one when he gets 2 dvds.Published 9 months ago by StevieX
Really good movie, back when PC stood for a computer & nothing else!!Published 10 months ago by Graham Dixon
Classic film i remember seeing it when i was in school. I later on found it on Netflix but i wanted my own coy to keep before Netflix takes it off.Published 15 months ago by Adam