Wednesday, July 1, 2020

FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982): I was 13. It’s Just [Teen] Sex

Per IMDb, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) is about: A group of Southern California high school students [...] enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.

The film doesn't have a lot of rock n' roll, it does contain some drugs, but there's a lot of [teen] sex. And two age-gap relationships. 

Four minutes into the teen comedy, the following conversation took place at a pizza parlor in Ridgemont Mall between between Stacy, a 15-year-old high school sophomore, and Ron Johnson, a 26-year-old audio consultant.

Ron Johnson: “You look like you could still be in high school.”
Stacy: “Yeah,  I know. Everybody says that.”
Ron Johnson: “How old are you?”
Stacy: “19. How old are you?”
Ron Johnson: “26. Do you think we could still be friends?”
Stacy: “So what can I get for you?”
Ron Johnson: “How about a meatball sandwich, a medium Coke, and your phone number?"

After work, Stacy shared with Linda, her co-worker and schoolmate, that Ron gave her his business card, but that she was hesitant about giving him a call. Linda adjured Stacy to call Ron, and Linda shared with Stacy that she had sex when she 13 and that it was no big deal because, "It's just sex." 

Linda: "Why don’t you call him?"
Stacy: "I can’t."
Linda: "Yes, you can. Guys love that sort of thing."
Stacy: "Really?"
Linda: "Yes. Stacy, what are you waiting for? You’re 15-years-old. I did it when I was 13. It’s no huge thing. It’s just sex."

By the way, Linda is having an age-gap affair with Doug: "He’s no high school boy."

During lunch in Ridgemont High's cafeteria, Linda was flabbergasted to learn that Stacy didn't know how to give a blowjob. Consequently, to the delight of the high school boys, Linda taught Stacy how to perform fellatio on a carrot.

Linda, "You’ve never given a blow job? Never? Stace, there’s nothing to it. It’s so easy. Relax your throat muscles. Don’t bite. And slide it in. Good. Push it slowly in and out. You got it!"

After taking Linda's advice to call Ron, Stacy had a rendezvous with the audio consultant. Consequently, Ron drove Stacy to a baseball field and took her virginity in the dugout after he asked, "Are you really 19?" Stacy lied, "Yeah, yeah I am. I’m really 19."

(Note: IRL, if Stacy had reported Ron for (statutory) rape, almost no one would have believed that Stacy told Ron that she was 19.)

In school, Stacy shared with Linda, "[...] it hurt so bad." To which Linda consoled, "Don’t worry. Keep doing it. It gets a lot better. I swear."

Interestingly, Amy Heckerling, the film's director, made full use of the allure of nymphets by showing both the Stacy and Linda topless. 

Per Wikipedia, Fast Times at Ridgemont High was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". And the film cost $5 million to make, but it made $50 million.

Lastly, the film is based on Cameron Crowe's book Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A True Story.

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