Gnarly! Classic Facts About Fast Times At Ridgemont High

Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a teen coming-of-age comedy directed by Amy Heckerling, written by Cameron Crowe, and released in 1982. The film follows a series of storylines of various characters attending Ridgemont High as they try to navigate through life and their wild experiences as teenagers. The film established many young actors as budding stars, although it was considered to be controversial for a number of reasons. Today, it is considered to be a cult classic and, in 2005, was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress. See why so many fans love the film today and some behind the scenes facts few people know!

It Was Originally A Nonfiction Book

Jusge Reinhold as Brad
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While working as a freelance writer for Rolling Stone, screenwriter Cameron Crowe spent a year undercover at Clairemont High School in San Diego, California.

With the permission of the school’s administration, he went by an alias and emerged himself into the high school’s culture in order to conduct research for his nonfiction book of the same title. Crowe’s novel was published in 1981, and the book was adapted for the big screen just a year later.