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"Mr. Spicoli, what do you think you are doing?"
"Learnin’ about Cuba, and havin’ some food."

Happy 30th Birthday, Fast Times at Ridgemont High!

I watched this movie on TV 5-8 times before I saw the R-rated version, so I’m one of the few people who know there are (at least) two scenes that exist only in the TV version, in order to fill out the running time once the nude scenes are taken out. One is Nicolas Cage uttering his first-ever movie line: “Brad, your sister’s turning into a fox.” The other I remember is Jeff Spicoli in the men’s room immediately after his first meeting with Mr. Hand, saying to his surfer buds, “I am not responsible for what goes down with this dude if he doesn’t, y’know, back off.” (Said surfer buds are played by Eric Stoltz and Anthony Edwards.)

Actually, for all that it’s remembered as a raunchy teen comedy, this movie is unusually girl-sympathetic for the genre. Director Amy Heckerling and writer Cameron Crowe really took the girls’ problems seriously.

I do have a couple of trigger warnings, but they’re pretty big spoilers, so if you’d like to discuss it before/if you watch Fast Times, my ask box is open.

"Mr. Spicoli, what do you think you are doing?"

"Learnin’ about Cuba, and havin’ some food."

Happy 30th Birthday, Fast Times at Ridgemont High!

I watched this movie on TV 5-8 times before I saw the R-rated version, so I’m one of the few people who know there are (at least) two scenes that exist only in the TV version, in order to fill out the running time once the nude scenes are taken out. One is Nicolas Cage uttering his first-ever movie line: “Brad, your sister’s turning into a fox.” The other I remember is Jeff Spicoli in the men’s room immediately after his first meeting with Mr. Hand, saying to his surfer buds, “I am not responsible for what goes down with this dude if he doesn’t, y’know, back off.” (Said surfer buds are played by Eric Stoltz and Anthony Edwards.)

Actually, for all that it’s remembered as a raunchy teen comedy, this movie is unusually girl-sympathetic for the genre. Director Amy Heckerling and writer Cameron Crowe really took the girls’ problems seriously.

I do have a couple of trigger warnings, but they’re pretty big spoilers, so if you’d like to discuss it before/if you watch Fast Times, my ask box is open.