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->''First of all Rat, you never let on how much you like a girl. "Oh, Debbie. Hi." ''
->''Two, you always call the shots. "Kiss me. You won't regret it."''
->''Now three, act like wherever you are, that's the place to be. "Isn't this great?"''
->''Four, when ordering food, you find out what she wants, then order for the both of you. It's a classy move. "Now, the lady will have the linguini and white clam sauce, and a Coke with no ice."''
->''And five, now this is the most important, Rat. When it comes down to making out, whenever possible, put on side one of Led Zeppelin IV.''
--> -- '''Mike Damone, on his "five-point" plan'''

'''''Fast Times At Ridgemont High''''' is a 1982 ComingOfAge / SliceOfLife film written by Cameron Crowe and directed by Amy Heckerling. It follows the lives of a handful of high school students over the course of a school year, focusing mostly on Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and her eventual boyfriend, Mark "Rat" Ratner (Brian Backer). The other main characters are Stacy's brother, Brad (Judge Reinhold); her best friend, Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates); Rat's best friend, Mike Damone (Robert Romanus); Jeff Spicoli, a perpetual stoner in Stacy's history class (Creator/SeanPenn); and Mr. Arnold Hand, the history teacher who is frequently put upon by Spicoli's antics (Ray Walston).

When the film was first released, it received mostly negative reviews from critics who wrote it off as just another teen sex comedy. These days, it's [[VindicatedByHistory often considered one of the best high school films ever made.]]

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!!This film demonstrates the following tropes:

* AdaptationDistillation: The film narrows its focus from the novel, dropping some peripheral characters completely, [[CompositeCharacter combining some]] (Damone and the ticket scalper character, for example) and simplifying some plot threads (Brad's journey down the fast-food prestige chain starts when he gets buffaloed into quitting his much-desired position at Carl's Jr., for instance, which was dropped from the film).
* AdultsAreUseless: With the notable exception of Mr. Hand, the adults are either jerks or inconsequential.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: The scene where students are sniffing the tests? Probably lost on most people these days, but that actually used to happen. In the days before photocopy machines were commonplace (late '80s or so), most schools still used a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimeograph Mimeograph machine]] to copy hand-outs and tests. Sniffing fresh mimeo ink produces a mild high.
* BadJobWorseUniform: Brad's brief tenure at "Captain Hook's Fish and Chips."
* BookEnds: The film opens up with scenes of the goings-on at Ridgemont Mall; and after the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, the end credits start with the mall businesses closing down at the end of the day.
* BurgerFool: Brad works at two of these, with varying levels of horribleness. He is fired from the first due to an UnsatisfiableCustomer and quits the second. There is another fast food joint which manages to be even worse; mostly mentioned only in dialogue, it is shown at the beginning of the film when one of its employees, Arnold, tries to operate a soda machine, only to have the soda splash back in his face.
* CasanovaWannabe: Damone sees himself as a real ladies' man, but we only actually see him with Stacy.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: Brad masturbates while daydreaming about Linda getting out of the pool and taking her top off. Unfortunately, the real Linda [[CaughtWithYourPantsDown opens the door on him]]. He complains: "Doesn't anyone fucking knock anymore?"
* TheCheerleader: Averted. The cheerleaders at Ridgemont are mocked openly at pep rallies due to the school's poor performance at athletic events, and perhaps the fact that they are cloyingly shrill, verging on the hysterical.
* CompositeCharacter: Damone's business as a ticket scalper was handled by a separate character in the novel.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Brad is in the middle of this when the object of his fantasy walks in on him.
-->'''Brad:''' Doesn't anybody fucking knock?!
* DressCode
-->'''Stoners:''' No shirt, no shoes, no dice! Ohhhh.
-->'''Brad Hamilton:''' Right. Learn it. Know it. Live it.
* DressedToPlunder: When Brad ends up working at a pirate-themed restaurant, he realizes how low his life has sunk when he catches a look at himself in his own rear view mirror making a delivery dressed as a pirate.
* FemaleGaze: Phoebe Cates' first line: "Did you see his cute little butt?".
* FictionalCounterpart: The fast food seafood restaurant where Brad works seems to be based on Long John Silver's.
* FilmOfTheBook: The film was actually based on a novel written by Crowe two years earlier, which was in turn based on a year he spent undercover as a student at Clairemont High in San Diego, his way of making it up to himself for missing so much of his real high school years to do rock interviews.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Linda's boyfriend is mentioned several times, but never seen.
* HighSchoolDance: The film features one of these at the end, with considerably few of the cornier aspects.
* LetsWaitAwhile: What Rat and Stacy decide to do.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Somebody's Baby by Jackson Browne whenever Stacy and sex is involved
** BootstrappedTheme: In fact, [[MemeticMutation the song has at this point become synonymous with reckless teen sex]], to the point that NotAnotherTeenMovie used a cover of it in one of their many gags.
* MakeOutPoint: It's even called "the point".
* MisterSandmanSequence: Time has turned the opening scenes of kids in the mall to the tune of "We Got The Beat" into one of these.
* MoodWhiplash: The scenes dealing with Stacy tend to invoke this trope.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailer makes Creator/ForestWhitaker's character out to be much bigger than it is.
* PoolScene: leading to EroticDream, ADateWithRosiePalms, and CaughtWithYourPantsDown.
* ThePreciousPreciousCar: Jefferson gets a slick sports car as a gift for returning to play football for Ridgemont. Spicoli takes it for a spin with Jefferson's little brother and trashes it, activating Jefferson's BerserkButton. Luckily Spicoli was able to frame their rival high school. Later, we see Jefferson leading the football team to a major lopsided victory and reversing the school's poor athletic performance in the process.
* PosterGalleryBedroom: Specoli's bedroom walls are covered with posters of nude women.
* SexAsRiteOfPassage: Stacy's story, leading to an aversion of GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion.
* SenseiForScoundrels: Damone gives Rat plenty of sleazy advice on how to appear cool and pick up the girl he likes, then uses Rat's awkwardness to make himself look better in her eyes. Rat eventually calls him out on it and gets the girl.
* SpeedSex: When Damone and Stacy get it on, Damone is only able to last for a few seconds before climaxing (and to make things even more cruel for Stacy, she ends up getting ''pregnant'' from that encounter).
* SpinOff: The short lived CBS series "Fast Times".
* SternTeacher: Mr. Hand is pretty unforgiving to his students, and especially Spicoli, who arguably deserves it. In the end he gives him a chance at redemption. Some of his comments lean towards SadistTeacher territory but he seems to be a genuinely decent guy, just very strict.
** The novel says that "even some of the hardcore truants" respected his approach.
* TheStoner: Spicoli and his buddies. Upon seeing Specoli entering the American History class, one student comments "That guy's been stoned since the third grade."
* SurferDude: Spicoli, again.
* TechMarchesOn: The burglar disables the gas station's security camera by spray-painting the lens as he walks in. In 1982, chances are there [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup wasn't another camera]] in the store. Now, there'd almost certainly be several.
** Linda mentions that her neighborhood doesn't even have cable TV yet.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Played for laughs near the end of the movie when it's revealed that Mr. Vargas (the nerdy science teacher) is married to a gorgeous blonde. His students are struck speechless by how hot Mrs. Vargas is.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece
* UnluckyEverydude: Rat seems like this for most of the film, an awkward, shy dude with no idea how to get a girl's attention, and going to the worst person for advice. He wises up a bit.
* WaxingLyrical: Mike is ''such'' a fan of CheapTrick, he uses their lyrics to make passes at girls.
* WhatHaveIBecome: When Brad looks in his rear view mirror and sees himself dressed as a pirate while delivering an order of seafood, it causes him to realize just how low he's sunk.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The epilogue reveals what happened to the many of the characters after the end of the movie.
** [[spoiler:Brad Hamilton - Made manager of [=MI-T-MART=] June 12.]]
** [[spoiler:Mike Damone - Busted for scalping Music/OzzyOsbourne tickets. Now works at 7-11.]]
** [[spoiler:Mr. Vargas - Switched back to coffee.]]
** [[spoiler:Linda Barrett - Attending college at Riverside. Now living with her Abnormal Psych Professor.]]
** [[spoiler:Rat & Stacy - Having a passionate love affair. But still haven't gone all the way.]]
** [[spoiler:Mr. Hand - Convinced ''everyone'' is on dope.]]
** [[spoiler:Jeff Specoli - Saved Brooke Shields from drowning. Blows reward money hiring Music/VanHalen to play his Birthday Party.]]
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