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Based on 13 Reviews
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  • 50
    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 beyond weary cliche. [10 Sept 1982, p.29(E)] show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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 surfaces here - one stock phrase (the kids say "Go for it]" a lot) and a multitude of stock characters - Crowe might better have spent the time curled up with re-runs of Ozzie and Harriet. Give this intrepid researcher 12 months at General Motors and he might just discover the wheel. show more

  • 80
    Brad Laidman Film Threat

    Sean Penn's scenes are still so stunning...His Jeff Spicoli is an unabashed kick every second he is on the screen. show more

  • 60
    TV Guide

    The film's most memorable character is the perpetually stoned surfer played by Sean Penn. His confrontations with Mr. Hand (Walston), a draconian history teacher, provide the film's finest moments. show more

  • 100
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Amy Heckerling’s portrait of high school/shopping mall life in Southern California is still just about as good as it gets...The panoply of teen types and turmoils is dead-on accurate. show more

  • 100
    Luke Y. Thompson New Times (L.A.)

    Perfectly capturing the zeitgeist of American high school life in the '80s, complete with a Rubik's cube reference, the funny and occasionally harsh Fast Times, with all due apologies to John Hughes and Mickey Rooney, may be the greatest teen movie ever made (even though Cates was the only real teen). show more

  • 90
    Keith Phipps The A.V. Club

    A Trojan horse of a teen comedy that balanced lowbrow gags with subtle humor, genuine insight—Crowe spent a year undercover as a high-school student—and pathos. show more

  • 70
    Pauline Kael The New Yorker

    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 certainly likable. [1 Nov 1982, p.146] show more

  • 60

    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. show more

  • 50
    Elvis Mitchell The New York Times

    There's a lot to make [Heckerling's] film likeable, but not much to hold it together. [3 Sept 1982, p.C6] show more

  • January 22, 2014 Leslie
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    OMG! I can\'t believe Fast Times is back on the big screen. I worked as an extra on the movie for three days...The \"carrot stick\" scene and the \"Hey dude, I know that song\" dance scene. Too fun. There are several versions of the movie. And if you notice Nicholas Cage is listed as Nick Copola. (sp?)

  • August 19, 2012 deanmann21
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    Simply one of the best movies of the 80s. Really captured the 80\'s as well as any. The only one to rival this movie is \"Vally Girl\". Only Ridgemont had Phoebe Cates! She was the subject of many boy\'s as well as MEN\'s dreams! The soundtrack rates as one of the best ever. What a GREAT FLASH BACK TO MY MORE SIMPLER & FUN TIME OF MY LIFE!

  • May 07, 2011 mdbl024
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    This movie is so much how it really was to be in High School in 1982.I was part of the Jeff Spicoli clique with the innocence of Stacy when it came to dating. The only movie that is even close to my top 10 during that time is\" Valley Girl\" with Nicholas Cage!! Oh one more thing, I still think Vans are Awesome and Love the Beach!!

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