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Worth A Look: 19.54%
Average: 12.64%
Pretty Bad: 2.3%
Total Crap: 2.3%

4 reviews, 63 user ratings

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High
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by Chef ADogg

"That guy was in 'Mean Streets'!"
3 stars

"Fast Times at Ridgemont High" is enjoyably cummy fluff more notable in the long run for fun performances by Sean Penn and a post-"Mean Streets" Richard Romanus (who was never to be heard from again) than for actual cinematic worth.

It has that Cameron Crowe feel--he wrote it, based on a book written after he went undercover at a high school. Scenes that are touching, scenes that are funny, and scenes that are relatable to your everyday life mix together to form a frothy, understandably popular blend.

It's one of those movies you can watch three times in one day, and be ready to watch it four more times the next day. Pure fun--nothing more, nothing less.

I rented this movie 'cause everyone I knew had seen it and raved about what a classic it was. Also, sometimes you're just in the mood for some nudity, without a bunch of art house pretense.

I got much more than I bargained. At once light weight and strangely, emotionally addicting, this movie gets you wrapped up in the lives of its characters and the various plot strands that come together in a surprisingly solid fashion.

Good performances, sweet soundtrack, and leisurely direction by Amy Heckerling. What more could you ask for?

Did I mention that guy from "Mean Streets" is in it?

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User Comments

4/27/16 Ken Classic high school comedy from the early-1980s. 5 stars
9/18/15 J.R. An early-1980's teen classic. 5 stars
11/14/10 Tweeter & the Monkeyman Who let Vanessa be a film critic? She knows shit about movies. 4 stars
10/09/09 Jeff Wilder Greatest High School Comedy of all time. 5 stars
9/07/08 Samantha Pruitt slightly overrated but still funny 4 stars
6/22/08 mr.mike As I always suspected , overrated. 3 stars
6/05/07 Paul Some funny parts but not as good as Screwballs 3 stars
4/19/07 MP Bartley Funny and sweet stuff. 4 stars
3/31/07 fools♫gold The type of film I'll probabl later wish I gave a 5/5, but then I'd wish I gave it a 4/5... 4 stars
12/01/06 David Pollastrini all the women in this film are hot! 5 stars
8/04/06 Mike Filmview magazine says Sean Penn says "you dick!" better then any actor in movie history 5 stars
2/03/06 John Dog Awesome! Totally Awesome! 5 stars
11/21/05 Frank Rountree A classic! I added it to my collection a long time ago. Extremely funny, with a good story. 5 stars
10/07/05 Johnny Quite possibly the best high school movie ever. 5 stars
9/22/05 Nick Best high school teen movie ever 5 stars
7/28/05 Cooper I'm sure most people agree that the best cene in the movie's when Wooley goes apeshit! 5 stars
7/20/05 DM Worth seeing just to watch Sean Penn before he got so serious. 4 stars
7/07/05 People who don't know what they're talking about should not... allowed to post reviews here (i.e. Vanessa). It's called FACT-CHECKING!!!! 5 stars
5/08/05 Indrid Cold Surprisingly unfunny given its reputation. Guess you had to be around back then. 3 stars
1/18/05 Jeff Anderson Great, TOTALLY GREAT! Oh, and I liked the followup THE WILD LIFE also. "IT'S CASUAL!" 5 stars
11/12/04 marshall that movie is sooooo cool 5 stars
6/15/04 T. Maj The "American Graffiti" of its generation --very accurate depiction of its period 5 stars
2/26/04 carly this is the best movie ever made, jeff spicoli rocks my world 5 stars
1/30/04 Alex Bowser Awesome, TOTALLY AWESOME! 5 stars
1/11/04 grant barnes its totally gnarley 5 stars
12/29/03 Matt wicked!!! watch it, cult classic 5 stars
12/17/03 sean panfil one of the best movies ever. everyone should have this movie in their colection. 5 stars
11/25/03 homer J. Simpson drugs, sex and alcohol thrown in with a bunch of high schoolers, hell yes, awesome baby 5 stars
10/03/03 Samuel Justus one of my favorite movie ever!!! 5 stars
6/22/03 cochese Fuck Sean Penn. 3 stars
2/18/03 Mr Hand "All I need are some tasty waves, acool buzz and I'm fine!!" Great Movie! 4 stars
1/13/03 Jack Sommersby Quite simply, the best high-school comedy ever made. Flawlessly acted. 5 stars
11/10/02 moviemachine A classic high school movie!!! 5 stars
11/07/02 Justin Fucking awesome!!! 5 stars
7/27/02 moviemachine Whoever thinks this film is bad has a problem! 5 stars
4/11/02 Spicoli028 The best fucking movie ever, suck dick whoever doesnt like it 5 stars
3/08/02 Mo Anand You watch it a couple times, it's good...but it gets boring... 4 stars
2/15/02 kitten This movie's great!! I've seen it more then twice and its still good! 5 stars
1/06/02 paul probably the best teen movie ever made... 5 stars
11/24/01 Andrew Carden There Isn't Much Plot, and The Scripts Are Dull. 2 stars
9/03/01 Butterbean A cool high school comedy that wasn't afraid to talk about the bad choices teens make 5 stars
8/08/01 Leave Me Alone I'm in shock anyone has anything bad to say about this movie! 5 stars
8/06/01 Manos Hater Absolute greatness beginning to end 5 stars
4/28/01 Boocat A great fun time. Penn is incredibly funny. 5 stars
3/28/01 Jesse L If you don't like this movie you are a DICK 5 stars
2/23/01 Brian Reynolds Funny at times, but really pretty grim 1 stars
1/14/01 Invader This movie is like watching a cartoon, I enjoyed it despite its crap potential. 4 stars
12/09/00 clifford greenhill This movie sucks, go see screwballs 1 stars
11/22/00 Tylor Chermak Best movie around. Even though it`s not about my generation me and my friends watch it all 5 stars
7/09/00 Bender Entertainiing, but at times too fast paced for its own good. 4 stars
3/03/00 Ryan Shows just how overrated a hedonistic lifestyle is. Jennifer Jason Leigh is heartbreaking 4 stars
9/23/99 Matt One that will achieve classic status everywhere among all ages!!! 5 stars
7/26/99 The Bomb 69 Phoebe topless, grrrgrrrr 5 stars
5/23/99 GothamDK Classic that never gets old. Phoebe Cates at her best. Aloha Mr. Hand. 5 stars
4/15/99 Jon Jackson Hey bud, this movie is the shit, damn Phoebe Cates gots some lungs! 5 stars
4/06/99 Michael Grimm Spicoli is god, Mr. Hand rules 5 stars
11/29/98 Q-Meister Required viewing. Period. 5 stars
11/19/98 Johnny Childish This movie is Tha ShiT!!! 5 stars
11/13/98 Lord Of The Dunce Just to see a geeky Nic Cage second stringing it to Judge Reinhold, this is great stuff. 5 stars
10/01/98 {{{OZ}}} A great pre-stardom-star movie. Sean Penn is awesome. 5 stars
9/15/98 Badass Soem parts are fine, but the shitty dialoge ruins it. 3 stars
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  02-Sep-1982 (R)
  DVD: 02-Nov-2004



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