Fast Times At Ridgemont High
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Amy Heckerling's adaptation of Cameron Crowe's Fast Times at Ridgemont High is often considered one of the finest films of a disreputable genre (the teen sex comedy), and kick-started the careers of many future stars. The center of this ensemble film is Jennifer Jason Leigh as Stacy Hamilton. She is a young, innocent high-school student who, as the film opens, is asking for advice from her friend, the sexually outspoken Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates). Stacy takes a liking to nebbish Mark Ratner (Brian Backer), but he is too afraid to make a move even after Stacy all but throws herself at… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"Director Amy Heckerling has failed to provide the raunch or poignancy that would interest young moviegoers, all of whom have seen American Graffiti and its 467 imitators. Ridgemont High? A nice place to visit, but who would want to transfer there?"
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Was never all it was cracked up to be."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"I'll take something like The Breakfast Club or many of John Hughes films over Crowe's characters any day."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A cult classic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Director Amy Heckerling almost encourages the film's shapelessness, letting the individual moments speak for themselves, rather than molding a cohesive whole."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Fast Times will always be remembered for one thing: showing respect for and insight into the members of its core audience, something that was as rare in the 1980s as it is today."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Lacks the frenzied energy which allowed Porky's to beat all competitors in its field."
‑ , Time Out
"Fast Times is a brilliant, funny and often challenging examination of teenage life in the early 1980s."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Great fun if not quite the great teen pic some believe it to be."
‑ , Film4
"[Penn] sets the tone of fun for the whole movie."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"The nice thing is that Crowe and director Amy Heckerling have provided something pleasant to observe in all of these characters though they really are sadly lacking in anything gripping."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"How could they do this to Jennifer Jason Leigh? How could they put such a fresh and cheerful person into such a scuz-pit of a movie?"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Teen movie is full of sex, drugs, and misbehavior."
‑ Ellen Twadell, Common Sense Media
"A brashly funny yet sensitive comedy that has become a cult favorite."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This R-rated comedy captured the natural humor of high school life, while also addressing serious topics."
‑ , Bullz-Eye.com
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