Fast Times At Ridgemont High
Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

Based on 22-year-old Cameron Crowe's undercover exposé on life in a Southern California public high school, this groundbreaking effort presents alternately poignant and funny looks at episodes from the lives of some of the students as… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 2, 2004
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79%
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While Fast Times at Ridgemont High features Sean Penn's legendary performance, the film endures because it accurately captured the small details of school, work, and teenage life.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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?

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Was never all it was cracked up to be.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

I'll take something like The Breakfast Club or many of John Hughes films over Crowe's characters any day.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

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.

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Time Out

Lacks the frenzied energy which allowed Porky's to beat all competitors in its field.

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R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD

Fast Times is a brilliant, funny and often challenging examination of teenage life in the early 1980s.

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Variety Staff
Variety

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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?

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Ellen Twadell
Common Sense Media

Teen movie is full of sex, drugs, and misbehavior.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
It's certainly flawed, however, Sean Penn gives a bravura performance and the film has ample nostalgic charm and humor to entertain. It is, however,… More
Alex roy
One of the key teen comedies of the 80's is a definite must see for fans of 80's cinema. Although not as knee slapping hilarious as other teen comedy… More
Alice Shen
LOL funny but not terribly memorable. I find young Jennifer Jason Leigh's moonface utterly forgettable (unlike her adult jagged little pill face), but she… More
KJ Proulx
This film helms one of the highest reputations in teen film history. It is the spark of many of it's actors careers. From stoned surfers, to sex crazed… More
Eric Shankle
Spicoli is great and some of the scenes are funny, yet I found it difficult to get into this film. Maybe it's because it lacks a story. Instead it studies… More
Manu Gino
Fast Cars, Fast Girls, Fast Carrots...Fast Carrots? Good fun movie. An 80's classic with all the typical high school happenings. In this film you cann see… More

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