Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
It is hard for me to be completely objective when revisiting the beautifully styleless '80s, like this film allows us to do. Amy Heckerling directs with ungracious vividness and creates a relentlessly funny and completely unsophisticated film from Cameron Crowe's bubbly script. It captures quite a bit about what being a youngster in the early eighties was about, and even if it does so in a somewhat plain manner, the film cares about its characters and the environment it depicts. Still, in retrospect, the main treat here is the undeniably charismatic assembly of young up-and-coming performers. From Jennifer Jason Leigh's cutely reserved Stacy to Sean Penn's hilarious, over-the-top Spicoli. Great fun.