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‘Fast Times’ still funny years later

Kamyelle Powell

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The 1980s brought a lot of great things alive like mousse and shoulder pads, but nothing more spectacular than 1982’s “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” directed by Amy Heckerling and written by Cameron Crowe, based upon the book Crowe wrote. The book was first published in 1981 and it says it is a true story.

This movie was a great movie with fantastic character development and a great storyline.

Like most coming of age movies in the ’80s, there were lots of oversex-driven teens with no outlet to let it go. This was made extremely known just by the beginning of the movie when one of the young stars is put into the situation of waiting on a hot older gentleman.

Even though sex seemed to be the main thing on most of the characters’ minds, it wasn’t the only thing.

There was the obvious relationship and money troubles going on that come along with the sex. There was also no lack of drug use.

Sean Penn’s character Spicoli would set the stereotypes of most Californians: The stoner surfer who always had the last comical line.

Penn’s character would take this movie to the whole next level with just the drama that he brought in, such as being late to class to wrecking the star athlete’s fancy car.

The movie did very well at the time that it was released; it was just starting off the whole idea of teen dramas.

It was a first of its kind. The movie was released in 1982 and made $27 million at the box office, which was more than triple of what it cost to make the movie.

This movie had something in it for everyone to enjoy from nice love scenes to heavy partying and back again.

There was never a dull moment in this movie.

It was a roller coaster that just kept going up and is now considered a classic movie to watch.

5 out of 5 stars

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