Fast Times at Ridgemont High is the movie that revolutionized the edgy teen comedy in the 80’s. First, I’ll say that the only reason anybody knows about this movie is because of the famous nude scene with Phoebe Cates. You know the one I’m talking about. Where her character emerges from a pool wearing a red bikini and removes her top all in slow motion. It helped get many teenage boys through puberty. Despite how the scene ends. It’s been considered the greatest nude scene in film in history, but there is more I can talk about. There’s also the great surfer/stoner Spicoli. Sean Penn gives a hilarious performance as the aforementioned slacker just trying to live life. If only his strict teacher Mr. Hand didn’t give him such a hard time. Aside from those two things, Fast Times at Ridgemont High might not have stood out much. Other plots in the movie delve into teenage experiences, such as having a job or losing virginity. Judge Reinhold’s character is the one with the job he hates. While Jennifer Jason Leigh’s character is the one trying to become more experienced. Some things that happen are a bit offensive. It actually might surprise you to know that the movie was directed by a woman. Plus it features early performances from both Forest Whitaker and Nicolas Cage. So like I said, I think Sean Penn and Phoebe Cates are really the main reason to watch Fast Times at Ridgemont High.