In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “A modern classic in a genre that is so easy to dismiss because so much deserves dismissal.”
“All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine.”
Teen movies generally have a pretty short shelf life. They’re normally so of the moment and so concerned with what’s cool then, that they date themselves while they’re still playing in theatres. But there are a few great teen movies that still hold up decades later, and not just nostalgically for the people who saw it at the time, but for new generations as well. These teen movies live on because they tackle universal, timeless issues that effected teens then, now and forever. Movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
Following a school year in the life of half a dozen or so school kids, Fast Times covers all the obvious character bases. There’s Stacy (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Linda (Phoebe Cates) the two hot girls obsessed with growing up as fast as they can. Brad (Judge Reinhold), the goofy older brother trying to figure out what life will mean from outside of high school next year. Mark (Brian Backer) and Mike (Robert Romanus), the two dweebs who want to be cooler than they are. Charles (Forest Whitaker) the jock, and Spicoli (Sean Penn) the stoner. Those descriptions are clichéd, I know. But part of the genius of this movie its ability to start with clichés, then flesh them all out in believable, real ways. (more…)