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Trailers from Hell: Karyn Kusama on Raucous High School Classic 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood January 13, 2014 at 2:05PM

Youth Runs Wild! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Karyn Kusama introducing Amy Heckerling's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."
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'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'
'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'

Youth Runs Wild! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Karyn Kusama introducing Amy Heckerling's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."

Heckerling’s raucous 1982 high school comedy based on screenwriter Cameron Crowe’s book is a virtual template for the dozens of teen flicks produced in its wake. Co-starring longtime character actor Ray Walston as the strait-laced history teacher engaged in a one-sided war with Spicoli, the modern day Maynard G. Krebs (a reference that may fly over the heads of those under 50), the film served as a launching pad for a slew of young actors who went on to become some of the mainstays of the last few decades including Sean Penn as Spicoli, Nicolas Cage (billed as Nicolas Coppola), Forest Whittaker, Eric Stoltz and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.