Fast Times At Ridgemont High Reviews

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August 11, 2017
Heckerling undercuts the usual teensploitation tropes at every turn.
August 12, 2015
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.
January 14, 2015
[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.
September 5, 2013
I'll take something like The Breakfast Club or many of John Hughes films over Crowe's characters any day.
January 29, 2012
Fast Times is a brilliant, funny and often challenging examination of teenage life in the early 1980s.
January 1, 2011
Teen movie is full of sex, drugs, and misbehavior.
March 21, 2010
A cult classic.
March 13, 2009
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?
June 10, 2008
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.
August 7, 2007
Great fun if not quite the great teen pic some believe it to be.
July 18, 2007
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.
July 18, 2007
A brashly funny yet sensitive comedy that has become a cult favorite.
July 18, 2007
Was never all it was cracked up to be.
December 8, 2006
May 26, 2006
Director Amy Heckerling almost encourages the film's shapelessness, letting the individual moments speak for themselves, rather than molding a cohesive whole.
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January 26, 2006
Lacks the frenzied energy which allowed Porky's to beat all competitors in its field.
December 6, 2005
[Penn] sets the tone of fun for the whole movie.
July 5, 2005
This R-rated comedy captured the natural humor of high school life, while also addressing serious topics.
July 2, 2005
June 13, 2005
Sean Penn's calling never left Mr. Hand's classroom.
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