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Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  3 September 1982 (USA)
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A group of Southern California high school students are enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock n' roll.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Charles Jefferson
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Pat Bernardo (as Blair Ashleigh)


Follows a group of high school students growing up in southern California, based on the real-life adventures chronicled by Cameron Crowe. Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner are looking for a love interest, and are helped along by their older classmates, Linda Barrett and Mike Damone, respectively. The center of the film is held by Jeff Spicoli, a perpetually stoned surfer dude who faces off with the resolute Mr. Hand, who is convinced that everyone is on dope. Written by Rick Gregory <>

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

3 September 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Picardías estudiantiles  »

Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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First-time director Amy Heckerling said she was seeking to make a comedy that was less structured than conventional ones, and more like American Graffiti (1973) so that "if you woke up and found yourself living in the movie, you'd be happy. I wanted that kind of feel." See more »


When Jeff Spicoli crashes the Camaro, the headlight that's out switches from right to left. See more »


[first lines]
Perry's Pizza Waitress: Linda, Linda, there he is. There's that guy from the stereo store. Don't you think he looks like Richard Gere?
Linda Barrett: Did you see his cute little butt?
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Crazy Credits

"The End" appears on a video arcade game screen. The game is Atari's Missle Command (once all the player's cities have been destroyed). See more »


Referenced in Storage Wars Canada: Fast Times at Wedgie-mont High (2014) See more »


We Got The Beat
Performed by The Go-Go's (as The Go Go's)
Written by Charlotte Caffey (uncredited)
Courtesy of International Records Syndicate, Inc.
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The most real depiction of high school life!
3 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Well, for a comedy its true. I'm only 19, just finished high school, and I live in Australia and many of the aspects rings true for me as it does for almost anybody that you talk to that grew up in that era of America's history.

Many aspects of the movie are absolutely hilarious, but sometimes a few of the smaller jokes miss their mark and you will only notice the joke and laugh on another viewing, which I strongly recommend in doing so. The characters are all great, but are all surpassed by Jeff Spicoli, portrayed by Sean Penn in one of his first roles, and his surfer character has been imitated many times but never bested (yes, Bill & Ted are ranked at 2nd) and he steals almost every scene he was in.

In the movie, you'll see some of the most accurate depictions of sex in a teen comedy (which caused the movie to be quite censored) and it downplays the Hollywood glitz of it all by portraying a girl lose her virginity in a dirty used baseball dugout covered in graffiti, and then complaining it hurt the next day... one of the characters masturbating while a very enticing dream sequence occurs, only to be disturbed by the object of the dream... and even a sex scene where the teenaged boy cums early after a few seconds, which ends up getting the girl pregnant because of no condom use.

Its these kinda portrayals of teenage life that I'm glad Hollywood makes movies, and I know when I have some kids of my own, I'll be showing this movie to them first above any other teen movies like American Pie and such... to show them what the real world can be like, while still keeping it in a comedy situation.

Rating: 9/10

Recommendation: See this movie... numerous times, its great, its funny... its real.

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