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Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

A teen movie that didn’t settle for portraying all the usual teen movie tropes.


Episode Notes

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the teen comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), directed by Amy Heckerling.

Other titles mentioned in the episode:
Clueless (1995)
Mean Girls (2004)
Sixteen Candles
Almost Famous
American Pie
Dazed and Confused
Dangerous Minds
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Knocked Up
Citizen Ruth
The Hateful Eight

Roger Ebert’s review
Janet Maslin’s New York Times review

On the next episode: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) and Marnie (1964)

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Production by Chau Tu.

About the Show

Every two weeks, film critics Dana Stevens (Slate) and K. Austin Collins (Rolling Stone) revisit notable films from the past—movies outside of the current releases and that have influenced modern culture and canon—and analyze them with a contemporary, critical eye.

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  • Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

  • K. Austin Collins is a film critic for Rolling Stone and a crossword constructor for the New Yorker and the New York Times.