Fast Times at Ridgemont High supposedly chronicles the "real-life adventures" of high school students growing up in California. Too bad I don't consider the life of a pot smoking surfer dude, a couple of promiscuous teenagers, and a smart talking ticket scalper to be very adventurous. To list this film as a comedy is almost an insult, it's one of the least funniest "comedies" I have ever seen and actually makes the worst teen comedies of the 90's look professional. The funniest part of this film was the very last minute! I don't see the enjoyment here, how are the mundane, boring and pitiful lives of a bunch of teenagers supposed to be enjoyable?
I found most of the character's annoying and felt no sympathy whatsoever for them especially Leigh's character. I think the only reason this film gets any notice is it probably pushed the envelope in the 80's because of it's major focus on teen sex, as Jennifer Jason Leigh's character is basically giving herself to every guy she goes out with and on the first date no less. Frankly I found the film quite disgusting, in addition to being actually pretty boring, there's definitely nothing "fast" about the film's wandering plot other than how fast Leigh pulls her pants down.