Movie Club – Fast Times at Ridgemont High

The month of August has Corey (@coreyrstarr) and Jonathan (@berkreviews) taking a look at high school movies. Jonathan had never seen Amy Heckerling’s film Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), which was released the year he was born. It stars Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Judge Reinhold as they navigate the many struggles of high school. Penn’s character Spicoli is iconic from the genre as he plays the stoner surfer dude with no real ambition. Many people consider this a classic coming of age film, but how’d Jonathan and Corey react?

Next episode: Election (1999)

Corey had never seen Election (1999) directed by Alexander Payne and starring Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Klein. She picked it for the next high school movie and slightly disappointed Jonathan. He’s seen the film twice before and isn’t a huge fan of Broderick and some of the story elements. Though he has to watch it for the podcast! 


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Corey and Jonathan both realized they had a ton of movies they’d never seen. In an effort to work through their gap list, they started this podcast to ensure they at least check one new film off the list almost every week. Thus, for a film to qualify for Movie Club one or both have to have never seen it or at least not seen it for a long time.

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