Stranger Things Season 4 California Story Has A Fast Times Movie Vibe
Stranger Things Season 4 stars Eduardo Franco and Charlie Heaton describe the next California story as Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
stranger things Season 4 stars Charlie Heaton and Eduardo Franco describe the California storyline as being very similar to the 1982 coming-of-age comedy Fast times at Ridgemont High. Released nearly three years after Season 3, the next season of Netflix’s supernatural horror series finds the heroes of Hawkins, Indiana separated as they attempt to move on with their lives after the Battle of Starcourt. With Jim Hopper (David Harbour) imprisoned in Kamchatka, Russia and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) having lost her powers, a new threat emerges that will once again threaten the lives of the citizens of Hawkins.
Based on the book of the same name by Cameron Crowe, Fast times at Ridgemont High tells the stories of a variety of California high school students as they deal with the intricacies of teenage life in the early 80s. Although the film did not do very well at the box office , Fast times gained cult status with its releases on home media and television. In 2005, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for its cultural significance.
In a virtual tour of the set during the filming of stranger things season 4 last year, Screen Rant participated in a group interview involving Franco and Heaton, who described the upcoming California story as that of Fast times at Ridgemont High. When comparing the location of Hawkins to that of having a Nightmare on Elm Street atmosphere, the actors were asked if their California-based story was inspired by films like Richard Linklater’s Dazed and confused. Read on for what Heaton and Frano had to say:
Eduardo Franco: Yeah, it’s supposed to be exactly that – AND, that vibe. Like Charlie said, we still haven’t traveled [to filming] Again. I hope we do, that would be great. I would love to be part of the show! Yes that’s it. It’s so different from what was shown in the previous one [seasons].
Charlie Heaton: I don’t think we’ve explored that theme on our show so far. Obviously over the years it’s varied but it was always an 80s nostalgia where it’s a different kind of take on the main performance.
Eduardo: fast times
Charlie Heaton: fast times! Yeah. Lord of the flies.
With the Duffer brothers, the stranger things‘ creators, leaning heavily on their 1980s influences in each season, it wouldn’t be surprising if one of the biggest teen comedies of the decade were a source of inspiration. Franco described the upcoming California scenes as something unlike anything the show has done before. At the end of Season 3, Eleven is taken into the custody of Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) and has been moved, along with the entire Byers family, to California for their protection. The Byers family must adjust to a new life, with all the difficulties of integrating into a new school and growing into adulthood at the same time.
Franco is set to play a new character named Argyle in stranger things season 4, and while details on how he fits into the story are scarce, he is portrayed as a stoner similar to that of Jeff Spicoli’s Sean Penn role in Fast times. The loyal but consistently nurtured best friend who also has a deep philosophical outlook on life has been a fixture in many high school teen comedies, a character clearly shaped by Penn’s signature role. Yes stranger things season 4 can emulate the unique experience that has been Fast times at Ridgemont Highthen fans will be delighted.
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