This is a memorable classic as those who grew up from the sixties to the rpesent day could relate to the fun times during one's high school years. Each of the characters whether it be Damone, Spicoli, Ms. Hamilton, Mr. Hand, or Mark Ratner has memroable qualties about them. There are so many funny lines and several interesting sub plots that almost anyone will be hooked from start to finish. Sean Penn probably gives his best performance and Judge Reinhold is quite convincing as well as someone who thinks he has it all together but really does not. Rent this one tonight, you will not go wrong.
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Before he became an overrated filmmaker, Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire) was a reporter forRolling Stonewho was so youthful looking that he could go undercover for a year at a California high school and write a book about it. He wrote the script for this film, based on that book, and it launched the careers of several young actors, including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, and, above all, Sean Penn. The story line is episodic, dealing with the lives of iconic teen types: one of the school's cool kids, a nerd, a teen queen, and, most enjoyably, the class stoner (Penn), who finds himself at odds with a strict history teacher (a wonderfully spiky Ray Walston). This is not a great movie but very entertaining and, for a certain age group, a seminal movie experience.--Marshall Fine