Fast Times At Ridgemont High: 5 Reasons To Watch It

By: Amanda Crum - August 13, 2012

“Fast Times At Ridgemont High” may not mean much to today’s generation; although it was a seminal coming-of-age story in the early ’80s–and the film that spawned a nation’s love affair with Pheobe Cates–the brilliance of it has gotten a bit lost in the translation of technology and a generational fixation on social media. But at the heart of the film lies several truths that we can all agree on and identify with. Such is the brilliance of writer Cameron Crowe.

It’s been at the forefront of a lot of minds recently because of the resemblance a certain Russian Olympic high-jumper bears to Sean Penn’s stoner/surf goon character Jeff Spicoli, and if that’s what it takes to get today’s youth to watch this classic, I’ll take it. Fast Times dealt with sex, love, heartbreak, high-school politics, drugs, student-teacher relationships (and not the naughty kind, but rather, how most students feel about strict professors), and working at a dead-end fast food job. This is Fast Times.

Why You Should Watch:

1. Sean Penn as a stoner.

2. This.

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3. Nicolas Cage, in a paper hat.

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4. Damone.

5. Eric Stoltz, Anthony Edwards as young’uns.

Amanda Crum

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Amanda CrumAmanda Crum is a writer and artist from Kentucky. She's a fan of Edward Gorey, Hunter S. Thompson, and horror movies. You can follow her on Google:+Amanda Crum

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  • Prudence

    Extra-slow news day?

    • Mike ONeil

      @ Prudence….you wouldn’t understand. BTW, it’s not always about news…give it a rest!

  • DS

    5 Reasons … Damone’s 5 point plan!!!!

    • WE

      Wasn’t one of those to play side 1 of Led Zepplin 4 while making out? Hilarious?

      • Steve

        Kashmir,isn’t on Led Zeppelin 4 as the movie states.Amy Heckerling should have done more homework>But still a great film!

        • Jason

          Cameron Crowe got permission from Led Zep to use ONE song in the film, and not just any song. This showed just how much of a geek Rat was. Crowe and Heckerling figured it was better to get a Led Zeppelin song than to not get any just because it didn’t fit the script, so they went with “Kashmir.”

        • G

          I think the fact that he played the wrong song and tape was to show how much of a geek his was?? Couldn’t even get that right kind of thing.

  • Jim M

    Hey, I know that dude.

  • jorart

    I wonder if anyone today understands the sniffing of the paper?

    • cubiclecommando

      Ahhh…the scent of fresh mimeograph developer fluid.

      • T

        At my school it was called a “DITTO MACHINE” And “DITTO PAPER”

  • jason

    a generational classic!!!

  • bob

    “It says 100% guaranteed you moron!”
    “Mister, if you don’t shut up I’m gonna kick 100% of your ass!”

  • Tom

    There goes your ride asshole!

  • Ruger375

    “I’ve got tools – I can fix it!”

    Only two reasons to watch FT@RH, and both are Phoebe Cates.

    • BP

      C’mon now, Jeff didn’t have the tools buddy. His dad is a tv repair man and HE had an ultimate set of tools…

  • Len palumbo

    AWESOME!!! TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!

  • Bud

    First he going to shit – then he’s going to kill us!

    • Bud

      “Right here dude”

    • Big Homey

      I can fix it… My Dad’s a plumber and has this awesome set of tools…

      • Big Homey

        Oops I meant T.V. repairman…

  • charlie

    Where’d you get this jacket, I got this at the network.

  • mr. hand’s foot

    Ratner, listen. There are three rules when asking a girl out:

    One …act like wherever you are is the place to be. Isn’t this great? Kiss me Debbie, you won’t regret it.

    Two…whenever eating out always order for the lady. I’ll have the linguine in white clam sauce. She’ll have the same.

    Three…whenever making out always listen to side 2 of Led Zeppelin IV.

    • Big Homey

      Don’t forget about the Coke with no ice…

    • christopher

      5 reasons to watch FTARH:

      1. Phoebe Cates!
      2. Phoebe Cates!
      3. Phoebe Cates!
      4. Phoebe Cates!
      5. Oh yeah, did I mention Phoebe (you gotta be kiddin me)
      Cates!!!!!

      But, Sean Penn f@#@!$ rocks!

    • tom

      actually in the movie he plays Kashmir,which is on Physical Graffiti.

  • Anthony

    Mr. Hand, lol

  • Big Homey

    JS: Hey! You’re ripping my card!

    MRH: Yeah…

    Slight pause

    JS: Hey bud what’s your problem?

    MRH: No problem at all… I think you know where the front office is…

    JS: You dick!

  • Richard Henry

    I still say its because of this movie that the over use of the word “Awesome” in everyday American language started! I heard Phoebe is half Filipina? True? My high school down in the Panama Canal Zone was like Ridgemont High….totally awesome!

  • mteixeir

    Jeff Spicoli: What Jefferson was saying was, Hey! You know, we left this England place ’cause it was bogus; so if we don’t get some cool rules ourselves – pronto – we’ll just be bogus too! Get it?

  • Linda

    Whenever anyone asks me about my high school experience, I say “Have you seen Fast Times at Ridgemont High?” That was my high school experience.

  • @JerryTheBookie

    #FastTimesAtRidgemontHigh is one of the 10 funniest films ever. Simple enough

  • Big Homey

    Years ago, a friend on mine that used to work at a video rental store told me that in every copy of Fast Times they rented, the pool scene with Phoebe Cates was screwed up because of it being played and rewound over and over so many times…

  • Big Homey

    Nicholas Cage is credited as Nicholas Coppola…

  • Jefferson’s Little Brother

    Did you see the new Playboy? Bo Derek’s tits! I like sex.

    • T

      BIG HAIRY P_USSY

  • That was my head

    My five reasons to watch FT@RMH…

    1. jennifer jason leigh
    2. jennifer jason leigh
    3. jennifer jason leigh
    4. jennifer jason leigh
    5. jennifer jason leigh

    • gc

      “OH GNARLY!!!!!”

  • T

    The bathroom mirror at All American Burger…. “BIG HAIRY PUSSY” !!!!

    • T

      BIG HAIRY P_SSY

  • mojorisin69

    Mr. Hand: Am I hallucinating here? Just what in the hell do you think you’re doing?

    Jeff Spicoli: Learning about Cuba, and having some food.

    Mr. Hand: Your on dangerous ground Mr.Spicoli.

    Jeff Spicoli: Mr. Hand isn’t ok to have a little food on our time.

  • mojorisin69

    Brad Hamilton: Why don’t you get a job Spicoli?

    Jeff Spicoli: What for?

    Brad Hamilton: You need money.

    Jeff Spicoli: All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine.

  • mojorisin69

    Jeff Spicoli: [driving and stoned] People on ‘ludes should not drive.

  • mojorisin69

    Jeff Spicoli: No shirt, no shoes…

    Jeff and Stoner Buds: No dice! Ohhhh.

    Brad Hamilton: Right. Learn it. Know it. Live it.

  • mojorisin69

    Mr. Vargas: Are you in my class?

    Jeff Spicoli: I am today.

    lmao^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

  • Michelle

    Best movie ever!!!!

  • mojorisin69

    Mr. Hand: Food will be eaten on YOUR time. Why are you continuously late for this class, Mr. Spicoli? Why do you shamelessly waste my time like this?

    Jeff Spicoli: [long pause, but then with complete truth in his answer] I don’t know.

    Mr. Hand: [Mr. Hand goes to blackboard and writes the words ‘I Don’t Know’, then underlines them]
    [reciting]

    Mr. Hand: I like that. ‘I Don’t Know.’ That’s nice.
    [imitating]

    Mr. Hand: ‘Mr. Hand, will I pass this class?’ Gee, Mr. Spicoli, I don’t know! You know what I’m going to do? I’m going to leave your words right up here for all my classes to enjoy, giving you full credit of course, Mr. Spicoli.

    Jeff Spicoli: All right!

  • mojorisin69

    Jeff Spicoli: Hey, wait a minute, there’s no birthday party for me here!

  • mojorisin69

    Mr. Vargas: They sold their bodies to medicine for money. About $30, I think.

    Dr. Miller: Twenty-five.

    Jeff Spicoli: Righteous bucks!

  • mojorisin69

    Jeff Spicoli: This is U.S. History, I see the globe right there.

  • mojorisin69

    Mike Damone: Look at you: member of the honor roll, assistant to the assistant manager of the movie theater. I’m tellin’ ya, Rat, if this girl can’t smell your qualifications, then who needs her, right?

  • mojorisin69

    Brad Hamilton: [dumping out cold fries] I shall serve no fries before their time.

  • mojorisin69

    Jeff Spicoli: What Jefferson was saying was, Hey! You know, we left this England place ’cause it was bogus; so if we don’t get some cool rules ourselves – pronto – we’ll just be bogus too! Get it?

  • mojorisin69

    Stacy Hamilton: When a guy has an orgasm, how much comes out?

    Linda Barrett: A quart or so.

  • mojorisin69

    Mr. Hand: What are you, people? On dope?

  • mojorisin69

    Brad Hamilton: Hey, you guys had shirts on when you came in here.

    Jeff Spicoli: Well, something must have happened to them.

  • mojorisin69

    Stacy Hamilton: Linda, I finally figured it out. I don’t want sex. Anyone can have sex.

    Linda Barrett: Yeah, Stacy? What do you want?

    Stacy Hamilton: I want a relationship. I want romance.

    Linda Barrett: You want romance? In Ridgemont? We can’t even get cable TV here, Stacy, and you want romance!

  • mojorisin69

    Brad Hamilton: [after Linda opens the door on him while he is masturbating] Jeez. Doesn’t anyone fucking knock any more?

  • mojorisin69

    Linda Barrett: Did you hear that surfer guy pulled a knife on Mr. Hand?

    Stacy Hamilton: No he didn’t. He just called him a dick.

    Linda Barrett: People exaggerate so much around here.

  • mojorisin69

    Pirate King: Hamilton, you’re going over there as a representative of

    Captain Hook Fish and Chips. Part of our image, part of our appeal is that uniform, you know that.

    Brad Hamilton: You really want me to put this stuff back on?
    Pirate King: Yes, I do. Show a little pride.

  • Andrew

    I was in Jr High when this movie came out. I remember guys I knew wearing the checkered shoes Spicoli wears. One day I went into a class and someone wrote I DON’T KNOW on the blackboard. When it came on HBO I recorded it but had to hide it from my parents for reason #2 (which SHOULD be #1!)

  • http://yahoo Jay

    My dad is a T.V. repairman! He has an awsome set of tools! he can fix it!

  • Mike O’Shea

    That’s my skull !!!!

  • TIM

    “People on ‘ludes should NOT drive”

  • http://yahoo evildoer

    Phoebe Cates, Nuff said!!!

  • Andy K

    “Well, is he gonna sh*&, or is he gonna kill us??”

  • dennis

    who ordered the pepperoni pizza?

    Right here dude!!

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  • alan68

    “You’re not a bad guy, Damone. You’re just lewd, crude, and obnoxious.”
    “I can live with that.”

  • Jeff Spicoli

    Car Crash scene:

    Charles Jefferson’s brother: Hes gonna kill us!
    Jeff Spicoli:Make up your mind dude is going to shit or kill us.
    Jefferson’s brother:First hes going to shit then kill us!

  • Ricky

    Brad: (while masturbating and thinking of Phoebe Cates’ character, she opens the bathroom door and he says angrily…) Doesn’t anyone f**king knock anymore?!?!?!?!”

  • Mark

    got the DVD and I watch it several times a year. Great movie!

  • LF

    I had a buddy in high school back in the 70s who was so much like Sean Penn’s character. Cracks me up every time I see a reference to that movie.

  • boethius

    I can’t even remember how many times I read and re-read Cameron Crowe’s book upon which the movie was based. The movie was great, of course, though not as good as the book (which is usually a foregone conclusion, anyway). The person that Cates played in the movie was much more tragic in the book (and hence in real-life since the book was a names-changed-to-protect-the-innocent non-fiction piece into the lives of America’s average teens at the time) and they never delve into that in the movie, though it’s implied, I suppose, based on how “worldly wise” Cates’ Linda is.

    It’s fair to say Cates didn’t have a really huge career after “Fast Times…” – goes to show it doesn’t necessarily pay to show off your boobs for the camera. Still, she has probably fueled more male fantasies than Jenna Jameson, which I am not sure is a good thing.

    Regardless, always a great movie and still great fun. Certainly a product of its time, but it still holds up.

  • Crackerjack

    “All I need is some tasty waves and cool buds and I’m fine”

  • Chadwicke

    One of the best films of the 80s. I grew up on this film. “you’re the guy with the Van Halen tickets?” FTRH the best!!!

  • Chadwicke

    Three future Oscar winners were in this movie!!!!
    Sean Penn, Nick Cage, Forest Whitteker

  • Wavey

    So, what makes it a classic?

  • michael hood

    probably the best movie about high school and coming of age ever filmed.

  • Mark Ratner

    Well, my name is Mark Ratner too, so if you know the movie, he’s the guy who doesnt get laid.. one of my Claim to Fames i guess..It’s been fun…one of my favorite movies

  • Megan

    cool movie although I was born in 85.