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Before he became an overrated filmmaker, Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire) was a reporter for Rolling Stone who was so youthful looking that he could go undercover for a year at a California high school and write a book about it. He wrote the script for this film, based on that book, and it launched the careers of several young actors, including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, and, above all, Sean Penn. The story line is episodic, dealing with the lives of iconic teen types: one of the school's cool kids, a nerd, a teen queen, and, most enjoyably, the class stoner (Penn), who finds himself at odds with a strict history teacher (a wonderfully spiky Ray Walston). This is not a great movie but very entertaining and, for a certain age group, a seminal movie experience. --Marshall Fine

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  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen


Sean PennJeff Spicoli
Jennifer Jason LeighStacy Hamilton
Judge ReinholdBrad Hamilton
Robert RomanusMike Damone
Brian BackerMark 'Rat' Ratner
Phoebe CatesLinda Barrett
Ray WalstonMr. Hand
Scott ThomsonArnold
Vincent SchiavelliMr. Vargas
Amanda WyssLisa
D.W. BrownRon Johnson
Forest WhitakerCharles Jefferson
Kelli MaroneyCindy
Eric StoltzStoner Bud
James RussoRobber
James BoltGreg
Nicolas CageBrad's Bud
Anthony EdwardsStoner Bud
Pamela SpringsteenDina Phillips
Sonny Carl DavisBusinessman
David PriceDesmond

Big Boss owns Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Amy Heckerling
  • Producer: Universal
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 13, 1982
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaDec 29, 2000
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8.5 / 10
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