Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Although nominally based on journalist Cameron Crowe's investigative study of high school kids, this is essentially a straight sex'n'fun exploitation movie. There's the usual array of school stereotypes (the lecher, the stoned surfer, the hustler), a rock score, and endless attention to the rituals of dating and mating. Taken purely on this level, it's a relatively witty example of its kind, with an enjoyable performance from Penn as the stoned surfer, and some good lines. But it lacks the frenzied energy which allowed Porky's to beat all competitors in its field.

Release details

Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Amy Heckerling
Screenwriter: Cameron Crowe
Cast: Phoebe Cates
Judge Reinhold
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Forest Whitaker
Ray Walston
Sean Penn
Brian Backer
Nicolas Cage
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