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In the 1980s, high school was actually more boring than we remember, but “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982) has been adopted as one of the definitive stories of my generation. So many scenes have been permanently absorbed into pop culture, they are too numerous to list (everyone my age has their favorites). The abortion and stoner subplots made it a controversial film at the time – and not worth an argument with my mom – so I didn’t see it in its entirety until several years after it came out. By then, I’d heard all the spoilers, but it didn’t matter.

Hey, “Edge of Seventeen” (2016). I saw what you did there. And you did it well. So I’m not going to spend the next 84 words belaboring comparisons to teen films from the 1980s. Suffice to say kids are different these days (and so are parents), but they still deserve good movies about themselves. And this is one. And a wink and a nod at the genre’s forebears signifies respect, not derivativeity. I’m also not going to continue discussing my non-sexual but age-inappropriate crush on Hailee Steinfeld, which began with “True Grit.” Suffice to say I’m glad she’s 20 now.

I could probably start this with a snark about how “That 70’s Show” + the 1980s = fill in punchline here, but I’m not going to go there (even though I just did). Topher Grace made a 2011 post-adolescent romantic comedy called “Take Me Home Tonight” that takes place in 1989. But there’s no hot tub. Or time machine. Or irony. It’s like they found a copycat John Hughes script in a time capsule and decided to make the exact movie 22 years later. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The trip down memory lane was fun. But weird.