5. Private Bathroom Time – Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
In a perfect storm of embarrassment and pure creep factor, one particular scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High stands out as particularly uncomfortable. After having lost his job and his girlfriend, a sullen Brad finds solace in his own imagination. Namely, he heads to the bathroom and fantasizes about Linda, his ex-girlfriend’s best friend.
While Brad is *ahem* enjoying his private bathroom time, Linda just happens to walk in. She catches him mid-fantasy in a particularly compromising moment, thus completing his total humiliation. Not that it doesn’t serve him right – he is engaging in some pretty creepy behavior, to be fair.
For many teenage boys caught up in the throes of puberty, Brad’s situation isn’t entirely unsympathetic. Being caught at that moment is genuinely the stuff of nightmares for a young man, creepy though his actions may be. In other words, it’s one of those awkward movie scenes that makes us uncomfortable for more than one reason.