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A to Z Challenge and Giveaway: F is for Fast Times at Ridgemont High

This month is all about discovering new blogs, meeting new friends, and spreading the word about the launch of my young adult novel, MY SOON-TO-BE SEX LIFE, (Bloomsbury Spark, May 2014) by participating in this mega, 26 posts blog challenge.

Since Charlie, the main character in my novel, is an aspiring screenwriter who has plotted her own devirginization campaign - one that doesn't go as scripted - I thought an appropriate theme for this month would be: an alphabetical romp through the good, the bad, the ugly, and the downright scary representations of virginity in film. Warning - be prepared for adult content / strong language if you follow my posts this month.

Join me over the next 26 days for some swoonworthy and/or cringeworthy cherry popper moments on the big screen. Check out the multitude of amazing A to Z bloggers via the challenge main page, HEREAnd don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!

F is for Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

As I was still in elementary school, I'm pretty sure I didn't see this film in the theatre and had to wait until my parents were out to rent it on VHS, but it was the stuff of legend in our house. My older brother and sister (full-on teenagers) quoted it non-stop. 

The premise: "A story of a group of California teenagers who enjoy malls, sex and rock n' roll."

Famous line: "I'm so wasted."

Famous scene: The pizza scene, of course. I think my husband, a high school social teacher, orders pizza to his class once a year in ode to this moment.

Let's watch how it played out, shall we?

Overall thoughts: I remember thinking of this film and the food court scenes when I got my first job at a greasy spoon in grade 10. The crappy shifts. The hair net. The trying to look sexy in a polyester uniform. Yeah, the writer understood teens and teen sexuality. Especially Stacy's losing it scene, which was painfully awkward to watch and frankly, broke my heart. Several bonuses: the film was directed by Amy Heckerling - which I find to be a bold choice for female director's debut in the 80s. It's an adaptation of a novel written by Cameron Crowe - the Rolling Stone Magazine writer went undercover at a high school for a year. He later penned the autobiographical screenplay, Almost Famous.


  1. Kate said...:

    Your husband sounds awesome!!!

  1. Judith Tewes said...:

    Yeah, Kate - he kind of is...except when he won't change the toilet paper roll. ;)

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