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    The film Fast Times at Ridgemont High directed by Amy Heckerling is a “drama and teen film” involving the students in Ridgemont High coming of age. This film shows many different people’s views of their life in high school and how they have had many challenges to face and how these students were able to come over them. It is hard to say who is the protagonist is this film because there are so many to pick from. I would say the top two protagonists in the film are Stacey Hamilton and Jeff Spicoli. Although these teens are both dealing with two different situations they are able to overcome them in the end. Stacey is stuck in trying to find a guy to hook up with and trying to figure out what love is. Getting stuck between choosing the good or bad guy is a typical situation high schoolers might deal with and is what Stacey is trying to figure out. On the other hand you have Jeff Spicoli dealing with yet another typical issue in high school, passing a class while too preoccupied with life to keep him on track. Both of these challenges yet completely different will end of becoming the…

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    realizes that there is a lot of hidden lessons. In the 1980’s, Fast Times at Ridgemont High was a film that pushed the boundaries. As a teen comedy it deals with many different issues that teens found themselves dealing with. Such as: sexual intercourse, drugs and even the controversial topic of abortion. Fast forward thirty years and we have American Pie. Another teen comedy that tackles some of the same issues that Fast Times at Ridgemont High dealt with. Again, we see sexual intercourse being…

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    He draws the parallels between the rise of ‘dude’ in 1980s and an increased production of films which targeted young audience. Such films (Fast Times at Ridgemont Hill 1982, Bill and Ted’s Exellent Adventure 1989, Clerk 1994, and Dude, Where’s My Car? 2000) all included the protagonists who were unconventional, who went against established rules and authorities and overwhelmingly liked to use ‘dude’ in their speech. Kiesling focused on Fast Times at Ridgemont Hill (1982) and its main character…

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    Hollywood’s Portrayals of Teenagers in the 1980s ...discuss Hollywood's portrayals of the teens of the 1980s. Talk about films that examine these portrayals. Evaluate how they reflected the social and political perspectives of the decade. In the 1980s, Hollywood saw a resurgence in teen films. A majority of these films dealt with sexual activity. Films like Little Darlings (1980), The Last American Virgin (1982), and Joy of Sex (1984) portrayed teenagers as only concerned about their own…

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    Though it may be bias and out dated information on the drug it does hold historical significations and acts as a time capouse preserving what people really thought about Marijuana in the 1930’s, and is a great example of this anti-pot histra happening at the time. This Source is relevant to my thesis because it is one of the first films Marijuana is the subject of, and a big part of my thesis is about the portal of Marijuana use, and users in film and how it affect public opinion and…

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    Professional sports specifically strains gender differences and I believe these tensions and gender gaps start in high school. In this paper I will discuss the similarities and differences between males and females at my high school; while considering rules, practices, performances, authorities, attitudes, opportunities and reception. Also, I will note age, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and influence on the formation of gender identities. While gender roles have changed over time, both…

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    Kiesling claims that the definition and the use of the word dude has changed over time and has different historical meanings depending on the era. The historical definitions are as follows: Dude went from being a scarecrow, someone that was dressed in rags in the early years, and then meant dandy, which is someone who is well dressed. Then in the 1930-40’s definition of the word dude completely flip=flopped and the marked form of dude went on to mean cool and to show solidarity. However Keisling…

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    its theatrical distribution, simply because they loved the director’s previous film, American Graffiti (distributed by Universal four years earlier.) Number Four: The Studio Propelled Vans into Success The famous shoe brand was relatively unknown until the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High came out. The ‘80s cult classic, which features a very young Sean Penn wearing the popular skating sneakers, got a limited theatrical release by Universal. However, the movie turned out to be a box-office…

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    Tax Act imposed a high tax on people buying marijuana, making it immediately inaccessible to average consumers, but still enabling its access to others who could afford it. It was not until 1970, when the Controlled Substances Act placed all illicit and prescription drugs into five schedules. Marijuana was classified as a Schedule 1 drug, which meant that it was considered to have high potential for abuse and no medical value. In 1986, under the Reagan administration, there was a war declared…

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