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There is no doubt that Fast Times At Ridgemont High is an intelligent entertaining and most importantly realistic look at high school life of the early 1980s Sex drugs and carefree abandon run rife with the rosy tint with which any pubertal teen sees the world However just because that is the most common view of teenage life does not mean that a documentary-like narrative should be devoid of a view of what living looks like with the rose colored glasses taken off Take for instance the consequences of Stacys loose behavior - she wants attention sleeps with a guy to get it and ends up not only without the attention of the guy but pregnant as well To top it all off when she goes to tell the father the news he drops all contact and offers no help Now to an extent that shows the grim reality of the situation The world doesnt look quite so rosy But that is where all reality ends The pesky little problem is quickly sucked out of the way without exposing the viewer to the controversial gore and agony of the procedure and avoiding all real uncomfortable-ness and dilemma She never really has to deal with the situation The entire process of the abortion is conveniently packaged into about ten seconds worth of film where a perfectly cheery nurse turns a corner and asks a perfectly happy and healthy looking Stacy if shes all set then sends her on her way I personally find it rather discomforting to see something that is neither happy painless or trifling handled so trivially Abortion is an issue that is generally handled very delicately and with good reason but I find it a complete cop-out by writer Cameron Crowe and director Amy Heckerling to completely ignore the real consequences such an action would have on Stacys character Much could be said about the issue For instance there is much physical pain
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