Fast Times at Ridgemont High
CAST: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold DIRECTOR: Amy Heckerling WEIRD ELEPHANT SERIES
Based on 22-year-old Cameron Crowe's undercover exposé on life in a Southern California public high school, this groundbreaking effort presents alternately poignant and funny looks at episodes from the lives of some of the students as they prepare themselves for life in the outside world. Many popular stars made their debuts in the film, including Anthony Edwards, Nicolas Cage and Eric Stolz. It is also the film that made Sean Penn a star for his portrayal of the dopey passive/aggressive surfer Jeff Spicoli.
Fast Times will always be remembered for one thing: showing respect for and insight into the members of its core audience, something that was as rare in the 1980s as it is today.James Berardinelli, ReelViews
Fast Times is a brilliant, funny and often challenging examination of teenage life in the early 1980s.R.L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
Teen movie is full of sex, drugs, and misbehavior.Ellen Twadell, Common Sense Media