Roger’s Rating :
Should be :
Leigh looks so young, fresh, cheerful, and innocent that we don’t laugh when she gets into unhappy scenes with men — we wince. The whole movie is a failure of taste, tone, and nerve — the waste of a good cast on erratic, offensive material that hasn’t been thought through, or maybe even thought about.
I agree with Roger that the movie was vulgar but I liked it much more than he did. In the days of Superbad, Knocked Up, American Pie, Wedding Crashers, Old School, The 40 Year Old Virgin, The Hangover, Bruno and Borat; Fast Times not only fits in, it stands out.
It is raunchy, but it has a plot. It shows the characters making mistakes and learning lessons. It shows them growing as people. The movie also has a tremendous soundtrack and it has Jeff Spicoli, played by Sean Penn, who is really something of an iconic figure as a surfer dude. Some Spicoli quotes :
“Learning about Cuba, and having some food.”
“Well Stu I’ll tell you, surfing’s not a sport, it’s a way of life, you know, a hobby. It’s a way of looking at that wave and saying, “Hey bud, let’s party!”
Not my favorite genre, not my favorite movie, but much, much better than the one star Roger gave it. It has a 7.2 rating on IMDB and a 79% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.