Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Dir: Amy Heckerling
Star: Sean Penn, Judge Reinhold, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates

[4] Amiable teen romp, now out on sell-through, that meanders along amusingly enough without going anywhere. Worth watching for three reasons: Penn (of all people) is great as a vacuous surfer dude, Cates and Leigh are pleasantly scenic and there is one awesome, pointless moment of poor taste: a guy jerking off in the toilet while fantasising about Miss Cates is rudely interrupted by the entrance of his sister. It all takes me back to my, tho' not, of course, the last bit!

The Reverend Ed Yuban was clearly paying more attention to this scene than I was - or at least to different aspects of it: "He is fantasizing about Cates as we enjoy an infamous moment with The Cars and, during her swim, Cates gets water in her ear and bursts into the bathroom without knocking. It was not his sister." I stand corrected on this point, though I look forward to re-viewing this portion of the film to confirm his correction. Repeatedly. In slow-motion.


Fast Times indeed
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