Going through high school did you ever come across that one kid who just never really seemed to be with it? You ask the kid a question and before he answers his mouth opens, roll in the back of his head, and you can almost see the little clogs in his head trying to process your question? I’m sure you have, everyone has. This kid is the most laid back kid in the entire school. He is almost impossible to hate, if you’re a student. This kid is a teacher’s worst nightmare, he simply does not care.
Enter Stage left, Jeff Spicoli
Jeff Spicoli, played by Sean Penn, is this kid, he is the one who does not really see the point of high school. In Fast Times at Ridgemont High there are multiple plots, but none better Spicolli and his lack of ambition.
Spicolli himself goes through a transition from the kid who did not care to graduate to the kid who found out he has the ability to graduate. This realization was due in part to Mr. Hand.
Mr. Hand saw that Spicolli had the potential to graduate even if he didn’t see it himself. Each day Mr. Hand would try to get him to learn with not much success. Then he finally stepped up his game and went over to Jeff’s house. He made him study that entire night until he learned all about US History.
Hey I know that guy
Learning about Cuba, having a feast
I don’t know
Filmed in 1985 and based on a story Rollin Stone published about the life a typical high kid in the 1980s we see many resemblances in todays life. The film fully captures what it was like for teens in the 80s and the film continues to stay relatable to today’s high school teens.
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