Best Movies by Farr

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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What's it About
Tracking the ups and downs in the lives of a group of teenagers, this sharp ensemble piece centers mostly on Stacy Hamilton (Leigh), a likeable, attractive girl who starts dating confident cad Mike Damone (Romanus) when the true object of her affection, shy Mark (Backer), appears uninterested. Meanwhile, good-natured surfer dude Jeff Spicoli (Penn) tortures his teacher, Mr. Hand (Walston), with inane questions and a blissfully drugged-out aura.
Why we love it
Less well-known than "Animal House" but equally worthy of cult status is Heckerling's "Fast Times," a teen sex comedy perceptively penned by future director Cameron Crowe. Beyond its warm and winning script, the movie is distinguished by the infectious performances of its juvenile actors, in particular Penn as the perpetually stoned Spicoli. Veteran Walston (from TV's "My Favorite Martian") is also priceless as Spicoli's frustrated teacher, Mr. Hand — and look fast for a young Nicolas Cage (billed as Nicolas Coppola).

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BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"