Fast Times At Ridgemont High

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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.



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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 Jeff Spicoli.


Sean Penn
as Jeff Spicoli
Jennifer Jason Leigh
as Stacy Hamilton
Judge Reinhold
as Brad Hamilton
Robert Romanus
as Mike Damone
Brian Backer
as Mark `Rat' Ratner
Phoebe Cates
as Linda Barrett
Ray Walston
as Mr. Hand
D.W. Brown
as Ron Johnson
Forest Whitaker
as Charles Jefferson
Tom Nolan
as Dennis Taylor
Blair Ashleigh
as Pat Bernardo
Eric Stoltz
as Stoner Bud
Stanley Davis Jr.
as Jefferson's Brother
Nicolas Cage
as Brad's Bud
Reginald H. Farmer
as Vice Principal
Anthony Edwards
as Stoner Bud
Pamela Springsteen
as Dina Phillips
Stuart Cornfield
as Pirate King
Stuart Cornfeld
as Pirate King
Sonny Carl Davis
as Businessman
Michael Wyle
as Brad's Bud
Patrick Brennan
as Curtis Spicoli
Julie Guilmette
as Pizza Waitress
Shelly O'Neill
as Pizza Waitress
Stu Nahan
as Himself
Duane Tucker
as Dr. Brandt
Martin Brest
as Dr. Miller
Taylor Negron
as Pizza Guy
Ricky Redlich
as Customer
Nancy Wilson
as Girl in Car
Lois Brandt
as Mrs. O'Rourke
Ellen Fenwick
as Stacy's Mom
Lana Clarkson
as Mrs. Vargas
Roy Holmer Wallack
as Santa Claus
Ava Lazar
as Playmate
Lori Sutton
as Playmate
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  • Jul 20, 2016
    A film that I grew up with and had seen thousands of times. It's an amazing look into teenage life during the nineteen-eighties. It has countless memorable scenes and is one of the most quotable films to date. While it is thoroughly entertaining and it does boast a huge all-star cast, it has this issue of not being able to fall into any one genre. The movie hits a ton of places on the emotional spectrum. However, it isn't too much. The movie finds a good balance and plays it really well.
    Brandon S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2016
    A slightly surreal but extremely appealing look into teenage life in early 1980s America which explores many of the era's teenage issues from sex to working to tediously long food lines and people serving fries before they're fully prepared. Many today could see this as an overtly "nostalgic" film, but if it is, it's a pretty damn good nostalgia flick.
    Kal X. A Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2014
    This flick is a little aged but the humour is still there. So many young stars all ready to meet their potential.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2014
    Fast Times At Ridgemont High is an iconic '80s teen sex comedy with a stellar cast that includes Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, and Phoebe Cates. Written by Cameron Crowe, the film follows a group of teenagers as they deal with relationship, work, and school issues. Unfortunately, the script is rather weak and doesn't do a very good job at connecting the characters and the issues that they're struggling with. The film's tone is also problematic; as it wants to address the issues that teenagers struggle with, but gives them no weight. Too fast for its own good, Fast Times At Ridgemont High gets by mostly on the charisma of its cast.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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