Trailers from Hell: Karyn Kusama on Raucous High School Classic ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’

Trailers from Hell: Karyn Kusama on Raucous High School Classic 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'

Youth Runs Wild! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Karyn Kusama introducing Amy Heckerling’s “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”

Heckerling’s raucous 1982 high school comedy based on
screenwriter Cameron Crowe’s book is a virtual template for the dozens of teen
flicks produced in its wake. Co-starring longtime character actor Ray Walston
as the strait-laced history teacher engaged in a one-sided war with Spicoli,
the modern day Maynard G. Krebs (a reference that may fly over the heads of
those under 50), the film served as a launching pad for a slew of young actors
who went on to become some of the mainstays of the last few decades including
Sean Penn as Spicoli, Nicolas Cage (billed as Nicolas Coppola), Forest
Whittaker, Eric Stoltz and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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