According to a report from Page Six, Cameron Crowe, the screenplay writer of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, recently spoke with reporters from Yahoo and stated that he truly believes his movie couldn’t be made in the same capacity today in 2019.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High featured an abortion side-story. The movie has gone down in history as a cult classic for its dark comedic style and realistic depiction of high schooler life. According to Cameron, he doubts the abortion sub-plot would be feasible today because audiences would likely protest and complain.
The screenwriter stated the movie would be “outrageously controversial” and not worth the publicity and backlash. As fans of the film know, it features the 15-year-old high schooler, Stacy Hamilton, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, who starts school off as a virgin.
She is then impregnated by her classmate, Mike Damone, played by Robert Romanus. After she reveals her pregnancy, Stacey gets an abortion and the film hardly calls much attention to it in terms of dramatization, a detail of the movie insisted upon on part of Amy Heckerling, the director.
Cameron said that Amy told him she wanted the abortion scene to be an authentic depiction of what life was really like. According to the screenwriter, Amy candidly portrayed the scene in a way that was meant for the viewers to judge on their own, without subjective influence from the film’s creators.
Cameron said, in fact, it’s perhaps the part of the film he is most proud of today. It was courageous to do so back when the movie was created, and it still holds true today in the modern era.
Reportedly, the film’s plot was influenced by Cameron’s experiences as an undercover reporter at a Southern California high school. Fast Time At Ridgemont High, praised for its depiction of the life of an average teenager, the movie also featured several upcoming stars, including the aforementioned Jennifer Jason Leigh as well as Sean Penn.
In 2005, the movie was placed within the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being culturally significant.