The ’80s ushered in a wave of teen movies that have since been unsurpassed, none more influential than Amy Heckerling’s 1982 seminal stoner comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The film was unique in that it took an unpolished, raw look into the lives of several high schoolers, instead of the more refined linear narratives of most teen movies. As well it should; Cameron Crowe, the film’s screenwriter, spent time posing as a high school student while researching the book that Fast Times was based on.
Perhaps that’s why these classic moments seen so authentic.
“People on ‘ludes should not drive.” – Jeff Spicoli
It’s hard to imagine when this movie came out that the breakout performance would be that of Sean Penn’s surfer stoner, Spicoli. Arguably the most quotable character in the film, Spicoli also popularized the classic checkerboard Vans that he’s seen wearing throughout he film. He also gave us something to shout every time we’re stuck behind someone going 30 in a 55.