Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Generally entertaining vulgarity about adolescent years and the adolescent lifestyle. The film has some very funny moments and the cast does a fine job in their roles. Fast Times at Ridgemont High is supposedly a popular film, but I really missed the boat; where's its appeal? There's too much vulgar talk, drugs and sex to make this a pleasant and an entirely enjoyable film. The best part is Sean Penn's surfer dude character antagonizing the cruel History teacher and when be accidentally totals a beautiful sports car. The film often-times falls flat, but it's still generally worth watching especially if your looking for a better-than-average teen-flick. A no-no for family viewing. If you see this film and you think you just saw Nicholas Cage, your not imagining things, this is his movie debut!

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence



Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus, Brian Backer, Pheobe Cates, Ray Walston, Vincent Schiavelli, Forest Whitaker, James Russo, Pamela Springsteen, Martin Brest, Nicholas Coppola (Cage)

Directed by:

Amy Heckerling


1982 romace/comedy

Rated R.


Don Ignacio's score: C+

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