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: August 13, 1982
DVD Release Date: November 2, 2004
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Critic Score: 78% 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.

Ernest Leogrande
New York Daily News

What it doesn't have is a clear point of view, something that would make it of more interest than leafing through a high school yearbook.

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Variety Staff

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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Sean Burns
The ARTery

Heckerling undercuts the usual teensploitation tropes at every turn.

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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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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" is a remarkable outlier in the teen movie genre even if tone-deaf critics such as Roger Ebert panned the film upon its released in 1982.

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James Berardinelli

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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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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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