Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

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Critic 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.


Movie Info

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 they prepare themselves for life in the outside world. Many popular stars made their debuts in the film, including Anthony Edwards, Nicolas Cage and Eric Stolz. It is also the film that made Sean Penn a star for his portrayal of the dopey passive/aggressive surfer … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Roberts, Cameron Crowe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 2, 2004
Runtime:
Universal Pictures

Cast


as Jeff Spicoli

as Stacy Hamilton

as Brad Hamilton

as Mike Damone

as Mark `Rat' Ratner

as Linda Barrett

as Mr. Hand

as Mr. Vargas

as Ron Johnson

as Businessman

as Charles Jefferson

as Dennis Taylor

as Pat Bernardo

as Stoner Bud

as Jefferson's Brother

as Robber

as Brad's Bud

as Vice Principal

as Stoner Bud

as Dina Phillips

as Pirate King

as Pirate King

as Brad's Bud

as Curtis Spicoli

as Pizza Waitress

as Pizza Waitress

as Himself

as Dr. Brandt

as Dr. Miller

as Pizza Guy

as Customer

as Girl in Car

as Mrs. O'Rourke

as Stacy's Mom

as Mrs. Vargas

as Santa Claus

as Playmate

as Playmate
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Critic Reviews for Fast Times At Ridgemont High

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (7)

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?

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 10, 2008
ReelViews
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 18, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

Was never all it was cracked up to be.

Full Review… | July 18, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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?

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fast Times At Ridgemont High

½

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, nowhere as near touching or deep as John Hughes' The Breakfast Club and Pretty Pink which manage to capture the essence of high school not just through classic clichés, but through atmospheric cinematography and messages that transcend the basic "growing up is tough." The film ultimately, despite being relatable, doesn't accomplish a whole lot.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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 does well when she tells Damone, "No. Take that back," after he accuses her of wanting sex more than he did. My favorite character would have to be Brad, played by the Honorable Judge Reinhold. He's a doofy but supportive older brother who gets some great dad-ish lines, "Learn it. Know it. Live it."

aliceinpunderland
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

½

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 the life of high school kids, and for that it's entertaining. It's similar to "Dazed and Confused", just a different era.

Market Man
Eric Shankle

Super Reviewer

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