When I was in high school, I went through a phase where I thought that Fast Times At Ridgemont High was the greatest film ever made. As such, I dug deep and found every factoid I could about the film (including the fact that it’s based on a true story: then-Rolling Stone writer, Cameron Crowe, was sent back to high school to find out what the kids were “into these days”. That’s where he met the individuals that made up the basis and characters for Fast Times, which he first wrote as a book then a screenplay).
Another item I learned, was that in 2001, Fast Times’ star, Jennifer Jason Leigh, co-wrote and co-directed (and starred in) an indie film (co-written, co-directed, and co-starring Alan Cumming) titled The Anniversary Party. In the film, Leigh and Cumming cast real-life friends to play the friends of their characters who were throwing, you guessed it, an anniversary party. The cast wouldn’t be complete without real life and Fast Times BFF of Leigh, Phoebe Cates.
This is just a long-winded story of how I discovered this highly underrated film, which focuses on the anniversary party of fading Hollywood starlet, Sally, and her eccentric author husband, Joe. After rekindling from a separation, the couple throws a party to prove to their friends – and themselves – that they are better than ever. The cast is filled with star power (including Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. Reily, and Kevin Kline) and has an incredible soundtrack. Let’s get to it…
- Stealing My Love From Me – Lulu
- I Know A Place – Petula Clark
- The Object – MC Honky
- A Lot of Livin’ to Do – Sammy Davis Jr.
Be sure to follow The Tidbit’s soundtrack playlist below to hear the aforementioned songs.