Fast Times At Ridgemont High Review

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Based on writer Cameron Crowe's own experiences, this follows a group of California high school kids as they look for love, and, in the case of stoner Jeff, try to convince the school authorities that they're, like, totally not smokin' dope, dude.


This exposé of American high school life may seem tame by today's standards, but Cameron Crowe's script has stood the test of time, packed with witty lines and wry observations about high school life.

In fact the whole film has held up well. It's a must-see for anyone wanting to see where Crowe and a whole host of future A-listers, including director Amy Heckerling, Nicolas Cage, Forest Whitaker and scene-stealing stoner Sean Penn, started out. But this isn't just a before-they-were-famous style cringe-fest; all turn in the sort of performances that demonstrate exactly why they went on to successful careers in Hollywood.

Lewd, funny and immensely quotable, this is one of the very best high school dramas ever made.