Theatrical poster for Fast Times at Ridgemont High


1h 30m

Release Date

August 13 1982


Amy Heckerling


Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates


When Amy Heckerling's debut film Fast Times at Ridgemont High arrived on screens in the summer of 1982, it felt like a whole new kind of high-school movie, centered around the quest for sexual experience not of a Porky's-style pack of horny boys but of one curious, awkward (and also horny) girl. Packed with quotable dialogue by screenwriter Cameron Crowe, Fast Times became a sleeper hit that launched multiple careers and created a deathless teen archetype in the bong-hitting, wisdom-dispensing figure of Sean Penn's Jeff Spicoli. Film description by Slate movie critic Dana Stevens. Stevens will introduce the screening, which is part of the New York Film Critics Circle Series, and will moderate a conversation with Amy Heckerling after the screening.