Cheesy Song of the Day, October 28:
How old was I when I first saw Fast Times at Ridgemont High? 14? 15? I don’t remember. I do remember feeling awful for Jennifer Jason Leigh‘s Stacy because it sucks to be on the receiving end of a sex and run. Also remember Sean Penn‘s Spicoli and Forest Whitaker as the vengeful football player. There was nothing contrived or phony about the story or characters. It’s a challenge to find that kind of authenticity in most pop culture but especially pop culture centered around high school. For that reason, I still watch the movie whenever it’s on. Time has made me cringe less at Stacy’s hurt and naiveté. And my own.