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Fast Times at Ridgemont High Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    67

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    There's a lot to make [Heckerling's] film likeable, but not much to hold it together. [3 Sept 1982, p.C6]

  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal

    At least the film has a sense of humor and a degree of energy... [but the] film never carries any of its characters or situations much beyond weary cliche. [10 Sept 1982, p.29(E)]

  • 60

    out of 100

    Variety

    The nice thing is that Crowe and director Amy Heckerling have provided something pleasant to observe in all of these characters though they really are sadly lacking in anything gripping.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New Yorker Pauline Kael

    I was surprised at how not-bad it is. It may fall into the category of youth-exploitation movies, but it isn't assaultive, and it's certainly likable. [1 Nov 1982, p.146]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Teen movie is full of sex, drugs, and misbehavior.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film explores several issues involved with being a teenager. Sex is a major topic of the film. There are several scenes of semi-nudity (topless girls) and frank discussions between characters about sex. Featured in the film is a fifteen-year-old girl becoming pregnant and having an abortion, simulated oral sex using produce, and a male character masturbating. The film treats the topic of sex seriously, though, and does not glorify or advocate casual sex. There is also a significant amount of drug use, as one of the main characters attends class frequently under the influence of marijuana, and smokes it on-screen, however, with consequences. There is some strong language.

  • Families can talk about how, as characters explore new territory in romance and friendships, they see the good and bad in equal measure. What are some of the dangers of growing up? What are some the rewards? The film celebrates friendships and a growing bond between a brother and sister. What is important in a successful relationship? How do people damage and repair friendships? This film also provides an excellent opportunity for parents and children to discuss peer pressure concerning sex and drug use. How realistic do you think the the portrayal of teen sex was? Do you think Stacey regrets how she lost her virginity? How does Spicoli's marijuana use affect his performance in history class? Do you think he deserved to miss the prom in favor of a history lesson?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A character fails to help a girl he impregnated. Friends clash.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: A locker room scuffle is quickly defused. A pot of hot coffee is thrown at a would-be convenience store robber.

  • sex false5

    Sex: A girl takes her bikini top off in a fantasy sequence, masturbation, depictions of male/female intercourse, an abortion.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters smoke marijuana onscreen.

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