Catching the Classics: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

FTARHPosterSince 1998, I have been maintaining a list of movies that I wanted to see. Sometimes these are all-time classics that passed me by, sometimes they’re genre classics that interest me. The list grows regularly and is currently more than 1800 movies long. Fogs has gone through and hand-picked several classic films for me to “fast-track” and review here. This is one of those films.

In terms of pop culture, I’m a child of the 80s. I was born in 1979, so the 80s were the decade I spent most of my formative years in. To this day, it represents a disproportionate amount of my movie, music, and TV viewing and collecting. But I was quite literally a child of the 80s. Not a young adult. Not a teenager. So a fair number of R-rated movies of the 1980s slipped past me due to age restrictions (my parents weren’t super-strict in that regard, but they didn’t go out of their way to expose us to those films either.) Fast Times at Ridgemont High was one such film. As I grew into adulthood, I started hearing about it more and more, and though I’m now long out of high school, I was glad to take the opportunity to catch this classic teen comedy. Continue reading

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