Fast Times at Ridgemont High Synopsis
The teen scene includes a party-animal surfer, a pregnant girl and a fast-food worker.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Amy Heckerling’s portrait of high school/shopping mall life in Southern California is still just about as good as it gets...The...
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New Times (L.A.)

By Luke Y. Thompson
Perfectly capturing the zeitgeist of American high school life in the '80s, complete with a Rubik's cube reference, the funny and...
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The A.V. Club

By Keith Phipps
A Trojan horse of a teen comedy that balanced lowbrow gags with subtle humor, genuine insight—Crowe spent a year undercover as a...
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Film Threat

By Brad Laidman
Sean Penn's scenes are still so stunning...His Jeff Spicoli is an unabashed kick every second he is on the screen.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
If the publicity release can be believed, he worked an entire year "undercover as a student to research teenage life". On the basis of what...
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The New Yorker

By Pauline Kael
I was surprised at how not-bad it is. It may fall into the category of youth-exploitation movies, but it isn't assaultive, and it's...
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TV Guide

The film's most memorable character is the perpetually stoned surfer played by Sean Penn. His confrontations with Mr. Hand (Walston), a...
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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...
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Wall Street Journal

At least the film has a sense of humor and a degree of energy... [but the] film never carries any of its characters or situations much...
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The New York Times

By Elvis Mitchell
There's a lot to make [Heckerling's] film likeable, but not much to hold it together. [3 Sept 1982, p.C6]
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Five Word Review

By redyeah
Funny, funny, stuff- that's it....

Fast Times

By rainbowsub
Gets better with age. Sean Penn IS the original surfer dude. There have been many "stoner" clones in movies since then, but none top his performance. The film truly captures the high school...

A must see for an 80's person!

By medievalme
I forgot how much fun this movie was. Having graduated from highschool in 1984 in California, this movie and all the music really spoke to me even after all these years. The cars, the clothes, the...


By markdabalos
~"People who say that this movie sucks is out of there minds or too young to appreciate the 80's. This movie is a CLASSIC and kicks ***1982."~...

Mr. Hand isn't it our time

By mhdsports
No shoes, no shirt, no dice...


By panther96
A good teen classic....

It sucks monkey dicks

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Still a freat movie

By jesuscast
I've loved this movie since I was a kid and since I was just a little kid when this came out it was great to actually see it on the big screen....

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Rated R
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