What are you, people — on dope? It’s been 33 years since the SoCal time-capsule flick Fast Times At Ridgemont High hit movie screens. Now Spicoli, Damone, Rat, Linda and the Hamilton sibs are back for a live reading of the comedy that will close the 21st Los Angeles Film Festival on June 18 – in lieu of a closing-night film. Eli Roth will direct the the first LAFF take on Film Independent’s Live Read series. Cast will be announced in the coming days.
“I can’t think of a better way to close this year’s festival than with a live read,” festival director Stephanie Allain said. “Eli Roth is directing a quintessentially L.A. story.”
Think of Fast Times as just another stoner flick, do you? Note that it was future Oscar winner Cameron Crowe’s first screenplay and helped launch the film careers of three eventual Best Actor Oscar winners — Sean Penn, Forest Whitaker and, though he had a bit role, Nicolas Cage — along with such stars as Jennifer Jason Leigh, Anthony Edwards, Judge Reinhold and Eric Stoltz.