Consistently rated as the single greatest instance of cinematic nudity in the history of ever, I figure it’s about time I post the Phoebe Cates nude scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Little bit of history: this movie is often referred to as containing the actress’ first nude scene, no doubt a belief held as the movie was filmed just after she’d turned 18. But Fast Times was actually not Phoebe Cates’ nude debut. She had filmed the Blue Lagoon knock-off, Paradise, a few months prior, and not only was that film her first nude role, but it also remains the only movie to exhibit full frontal nudity by the young actress.
As for the Phoebe Cates Fast Times scene, while admittedly much more brief than its predecessor, that hasn’t stopped it from shooting into the farthest heights of fame and engraving itself into the memories of all pubescent boys of the 80s and beyond. The scene begins with Judge Reinhold peeking out of his bathroom window as The Cars’ Moving In Stereo plays while his little sister’s friend climbs out of the backyard pool in a skimpy red bikini. The moment then blends into a fantasy in which Phoebe Cates confesses her attraction to the lanky protagonist and undoes her bikini top, revealing her amazing wet breasts, while walking towards the camera in slow motion. Now that’s cinematic superiority right there.
Don’t let seeing Phoebe Cates naked be the only reason you watch Fast Times at Ridgemont High, though. You can also watch it to see Jennifer Jason Leigh naked. Coincidentally, this movie screened her second nude scene by a few months too. In fact, it was pretty much a launch pad for quite a long list of actors, and… well, all of them are back to being nobodies now, but it’s nonetheless hard to deny the cultural impact Fast Times has had. Apparently enough so to be archived in the Library of Congress, but I like to imagine that’s just so that our intrepid politicians can sneak in for quick faps between sessions. Anyway, video clip and caps of the iconic Phoebe Cates nude scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High are below in 1080p resolution, fresh from the blu-ray.