HOT GALLERY: Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A Look Back at the Film That Made Jeff Spicoli a Household NameFast Times at Ridgemont High not only launched the acting careers of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold, Nicolas Cage, Anthony Edwards, and Sean Penn, it made the catchphrase “Hey, bud, let’s party!” an institution. Thanks, Cameron Crowe. By Romi Stepovich
Ah, the 1980s, when young women were embracing their independence and owning their sexuality. Lisa, coworker and girlfriend of Fast Times’ protagonist, Brad (Judge Reinhold), manages to beat him to the punch by dumping him before he dumps her, explaining that “we owe it to ourselves to be free”: the exact line he was planning to use on her. Women’s lib in action.
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