• Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Release Date: August 13th, 1982

DVD Release Date: June 18th, 1992

R |1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary

Stacy Hamilton (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is a pretty, but inexperienced, teen interested in dating. Given advice by her uninhibited friend, Linda Barrett (Phoebe Cates), Stacy gets trapped in a love triangle with nice guy Mark Ratner (Brian Backer) and his more assured buddy Mike Damone (Robert Romanus). Meanwhile, Stacy's classmate Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn), who lives for surfing and being stoned, faces off against Mr. Hand (Ray Walston), a strict teacher who has no time for the slacker's antics.

Cast: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus, Brian Backer, Phoebe Cates, Ray Walston, Scott Thomson

Director: Amy Heckerling

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Refugee Films, Universal Pictures

Distributors: MCA, MCA/Universal Pictures [us], MCA/Universal Home Video

Keywords: 1980s, Brother, Growing up, Playful, Emotional, Amusing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Rick GroenThe 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 LaidmanFilm 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 Magazine

    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

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