Sunday, January 4, 2015
286 of 1001 Movies: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Summary: Brad and Stacy Hamilton are two siblings experiencing two different struggles with their high school years. Brad is bored with his girlfriend and tired of his job. Stacy is worried about beginning a relationship, and with the popular, Linda, as her friend it brings out other insecurities as well of what she may not be aspiring to do. She finds herself perhaps in a love triangle with two brothers though.There is also Jeff, who is living a carefree life of surfing and weed. When he is assigned the strict, Mr. Hand, their differing personalities collide.
Brad, portrayed by Judge Reinhold, is a guy that is perhaps the most easy to relate to though, at least job wise if you're not a teen anymore. He has been responsible for a teen, but now he's feeling the stir of wanting to get a bit adventurous as he nears the end of paying off his car. When things fall apart he seems to be reconsidering just how adventurous he wanted to be though. His younger sister, Stacy now offers some of the harsher scenarios in the movie. Jennifer Jason Leigh does a good job of presenting it in a way that the audience can take in and try to understand as well. The issues she encounters with trying to fit in, and even deeper events of the results of trying to fit in are ones that still seem present today.
I didn't have any complaints with this, but the reason this show seemed so easy to inspire a television show with is it follows so many people it creates many stories that are stories you want to follow. I also recommend giving the soundtrack a listen. It adds something extra to the movie, and truly sets you in the time of the 80's. Not only that, but for the time the issues conveyed and dealt with are quite edgy.