• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Amy Heckerling
    In Theaters:
    Aug 13, 1982 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 2, 2004
  • Universal Pictures


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Fast Times At Ridgemont High Reviews

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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.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 5, 2013
R. L. Shaffer

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

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 9/10

January 29, 2012
Ellen Twadell
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2011
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A cult classic.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

March 21, 2010
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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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?

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

March 13, 2009
James Berardinelli
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

June 10, 2008


Great fun if not quite the great teen pic some believe it to be.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 7, 2007
Variety Staff
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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 Source: Variety

July 18, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A brashly funny yet sensitive comedy that has become a cult favorite.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

July 18, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Was never all it was cracked up to be.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 18, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Director Amy Heckerling almost encourages the film's shapelessness, letting the individual moments speak for themselves, rather than molding a cohesive whole.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

May 26, 2006

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

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Brad Laidman
Film Threat

[Penn] sets the tone of fun for the whole movie.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005


This R-rated comedy captured the natural humor of high school life, while also addressing serious topics.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 5, 2005
Kevin A. Ranson

Sean Penn's calling never left Mr. Hand's classroom.

| Original Score: 5/5

June 13, 2005
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television


| Original Score: 1/5

May 28, 2005
Scott Weinberg

The great high-school comedy that spawned a thousand rip-offs.

| Original Score: 4.5/5

April 3, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

The comedy captured the brutal realism of post-sexual-revolution high school life and has been imitated often, rarely equaled, and surpassed only once.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

March 4, 2005
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The filmmakers' attempts to capture the "real" high school experience run hot and cold, while the comedy quotient just doesn't cut it.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 2/4

November 9, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

October 23, 2004
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