All-American sock hop

Oak Street’s double feature this weekend will bring you back to the good old days when kids ruled the school

PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSAL PICTURES

Ashley Goetz

PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSAL PICTURES

WHAT: Double Feature: âÄúRock âÄôNâÄô Roll High School,âÄù âÄúFast Times at Ridgemont HighâÄù WHERE: Oak Street Cinema in University Village WHEN: Friday, March 6, 7:30 p.m. Welcome back to the mythical world of the Americana high school, where all kids are righteous, rock âÄônâÄô roll reigns supreme across a landscape of cars and the exploits of babes and dudes with fast-food jobs are marred only by the occasional run-in with bogus teachers. This weekend at the Oak Street Cinema, the double feature of âÄúRock âÄônâÄô Roll High SchoolâÄù and âÄúFast Times at Ridgemont HighâÄù is a perfect opportunity to revisit this wild world of make-believe high school from a time before you were probably even born. âÄúRock âÄônâÄô Roll High School,âÄù the first film in this bifurcated dose of awesome, and DisneyâÄôs âÄúHigh School Musical âÄú have a lot in common. They both, for example, star mop-top musicians. The only difference is that, in âÄúRock âÄônâÄô Roll High School,âÄù their musician isnâÄôt any old teenybopper whose name rhymes with Schmack Schmeffron but is none other than Joey freakinâÄô Ramone . The plot of âÄúRock âÄònâÄô Roll HighâÄù focuses on Principal Togar and her hatred of rock âÄônâÄô roll music âÄî that âÄúgodforsaken noiseâÄù that âÄúupsets the entire school!âÄù The kids at the school must rally around their spunky leader Riff Randall as they take back the school in the name of rock. ItâÄôs not that âÄúRock âÄônâÄô Roll High SchoolâÄù isnâÄôt cheesy in the same way âÄúHigh School MusicalâÄù is in its rather exaggerated portrayal of high school students, because it most definitely is. However, in the end, the characters are lovable as individuals rather than as quickly crafted Disney-bots. The fact that it has the Ramones in it makes this an enjoyable movie to watch and compare with the aforementioned Schmeffron film. âÄúFast Times at Ridgemont High,âÄù playing second in the double feature, is definitely the more mature of the two movies. ItâÄôs got drugs, nudity and cussing, and it deals with heavier themes than âÄúRock âÄônâÄô Roll High SchoolâÄù (if saving the schoolâÄôs population from rock âÄônâÄô roll Nazis can be topped, that is.) The plot is a mix of stories about the stoner Spicoli , the coming of age of Stacy Hamilton and her brother Brad âÄôs saga through multiple fast-food jobs around town. Perhaps the recent draw to these types of movies is due to the economic time capsule they offer. The constant shots of busy shoppers at the mall, Brad changing jobs as much as heâÄôd like and Spicoli getting by with just a tasty wave and a good buzz all seem so foreign through the modern lens of recession. For this reason, the well-off late-âÄô70s as portrayed in these movies morphs these fictitious high schools into a mythical land of plenty. So dig out that old letter jacket, make your hair into a puffy ponytail and go back to high school âÄî a place before Facebook and the recession, when the kids had the beat and fought for it too.