The Academy finally awarded Sean Penn for his incredible acting skills, in Mystic River... and to make up for overlooking his performance in Fast Times. The best part of this DVD is commentary on how Penn stayed in character throughout the process. Penn insisted others call him "Spicoli", and even put "Jeff Spicoli" on his answering machine. The director *never* saw "Sean Penn," only Spicoli. Intense and oddly brilliant, Spicoli became *the* icon of the guys in my high school. (How many times did you talk about ordering a pizza in class?). Almost every line Spicoli said, and many reaction lines, became catchphrases. (And unlike movies today, I'll bet no one on Fast Times *tried* for catchphrases). The soundtrack is awesome too, especially Oingo Boingo, the Go-Go's, and the Cars. (Fast Times has turned "Moving in Stereo" into a national Pavlovian bell, getting everyone in earshot salivating). Overall... the movie isn't as exciting on DVD as it was while buzzing at the midnight movies. Still, when sober the story holds up well, and the acting may be the best of that generation. The only early 80's movie in a class with Fast Times is Valley Girl... (and those guys are f%#@s!) Aloha!