Rotten Tomatoes Presents: Fast Times at RT High!

  1. The Class of RT High


    Summer's almost over, so it's time to dust off the books and get ready for another semester. We here at RT are also heading back to high school -- that is, to the hallowed halls populated by kids like Andie Walsh, Ferris Bueller, and Jeff Spicoli. Whether you were the homecoming king or the brainiac, you'll recognize the familiar types present and accounted for in our Class of RT Yearbook. When you're done, check out the 25 best-reviewed teen comedies in our Honor Roll to see which high school flicks were voted most popular by critics. Welcome back to high school!


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  2. Meet the Cheerleader…

    "This is not a democracy, it's a cheerocracy."

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    Torrance Shipman, Bring It On

    She's the perkiest girl in school, and with good reason -- state cheer championships are coming up, and this year the squad is taking it all the way to the top! The Cheerleader is perennially wearing her uniform, pom-poms, and a sparkling smile, not to mention the perfect accessory -- spirit fingers!




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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Buffy is the bubbly blonde reincarnation of all those fearless vampire slayers of yore--or so she is told one day by a mysterious old man in a trench coat. Against her better judgment, she follows the would-be boot-maker to a graveyard, where she is tested in combat by a gruesome pair of newly minted bloodsuckers. Of course Buffy emerges victorious, but this ordeal is only the beginning of a series of deadly and protracted battles with the evil vampire Lothos and his legion of undead warriors. The spunky cheerleader may be L.A.'s only hope for survival.







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    Sugar & Spice

    SUGAR & SPICE is a wicked black comedy about high school, teenage pregnancy, and five bankrobbing cheerleaders armed with semi-automatic weapons. When Diane, (Marley Shelton), a popular high school cheerleader, gets pregnant with the star quarterback's baby, she turns to crime to support herself and her child. Fortunately, her five best friends on the cheerleading squad are, like, totally supportive of her decision! Together they devise a plan for a series of major bank heists to benefit Diane's future financial security. With a hot young cast including Mena Suvari (AMERICAN BEAUTY), Marla Sokoloff (TV's THE PRACTICE), and James Franco, SUGAR & SPICE is a teen comedy with some unusual twists.



     
  3. Meet the Jock…

    "I don't want your life"

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    Jonathon 'Mox' Moxon, Varsity Blues

    He's got the looks, the Varsity jacket, and the college scholarship -- but is there an inner sensitivity The Jock is yearning to unleash? It might take the love of a secretly pretty shy girl or a Saturday spent in detention to help him become more than just the captain of the (fill in the blank) team, but eventually -- assuredly, by movie's end -- he'll come around.









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    She's All That


    An modern retelling of George Bernard Shaw's story PYGMALION. Prinze stars as a high school stud who makes a bet with a friend that he can transform the hopelessly geeky Cook into a Prom Queen. It turns out the transformation is even more successful than he could have imagined. Before he knows it, he's fallen in love with her himself.





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    Friday Night Lights


    From Oscar®-winning producer Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment and based on the best-selling book about high school football by H.G. Bissinger, Friday Night Lights chronicles the entire 1988 season of the Permian High Panthers of Odessa, Texas, with football players, coaches, mothers, fathers, pastors, boosters, fans and families struggling with ongoing personal conflicts while the team fights for a state championship.







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    Breakfast Club

    When five high school students from different social groups are forced to spend a Saturday together in detention, they find themselves interacting with and understanding each other for the first time.
     
  4. Meet the Geek…

    "That's not a bad idea. Making a girl. Actually making a girl. Like Frankenstein… except cuter."

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    Gary Wallace, Weird Science

    Perhaps it says something of movie-going audiences that so many teen movie protagonists are freaks and geeks. Who doesn't feel the pain of that kid who gets stuffed in a locker, bumped in the hallways, and is in love with the girl who's in love with another guy? Some nerds are smart enough to craft their own solutions to a D.O.A. love life (like, say, create their own dream girl) but others will have to rely on bribing their dates and buying cool points with booze before finding their inner McLovin.






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    Pretty in Pink

    Pretty but poor, Andie's (Molly Ringwald) a good student who develops a crush on Blane (Andrew McCarthy), the sensitive, well-born preppie. But Blane runs with a fast crowd of haughty rich kids, the kind of clique Andie and her new wavy best friend Duckie (Jon Cryer) can't stand. Going against her fretting father (Harry Dean Stanton), peer pressure and social expectations, she decides to date him. But their big plans for the senior prom ultimately fall apart when Blane heeds his friend Steff's (James Spader) warning to "quit slumming." Will Blane find the courage to claim what he really wants and give up the so-called friends he doesn't need?




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    Can't Buy Me Love

    Ronny is secretly in love with Cindi, the most popular girl on campus. She finds herself in a desperate predicament and Ronny saves the day - for a price.




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    Lucas

    This teen pic takes an uncompromising look at the troubles and "tragedies" of adolescence, when belonging to the in-crowd carries more weight than anything else in the world.
     
  5. Meet the Ugly Duckling…

    "I feel just like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. You know, except for the whole hooker thing."

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    Laney Boggs, She's All That

    "Hey, check out that girl -- the one who's all artsy and weird…she doesn't hang with the cool kids and she's kind of quiet in class and stuff, but you know what? Hmm…maybe she wouldn't be so plain if she took off her glasses and changed her wardrobe a bit. And let loose once in a while. You know what? She's kind of hot! And not really so weird when you get to know her! I don't care what my popular friends think -- I'm gonna ask her to prom…"



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    Hairspray

    Set in 1960s Baltimore, the story follows a plump young girl named Tracy Turnblad (played by impressive newcomer Nikki Blonski) on an amazing journey as her dream of dancing on the popular Corny Collins Show becomes a reality. The local television program is a shiny spectacle spear-headed by Corny Collins (James Marsden), a gang of young dancers, and producer Velma Von Tussle (Michelle Pfeiffer), a seductress ice queen whose manipulative ways ensure her daughter Amber (Brittany Snow) gets more than her fair share of screen time as one of the show’s stars. When Tracy shows up at an open call, Velma can barely contain her rage, and sets out to rid the show of Tracy and the talented black dancers who make up the show’s popular "Negro Day." Thus begins a war of talent and a battle for justice, with those in favor of integration meeting many obstacles along the way.




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    Carrie

    High school girls played by Amy Irving (in her film debut), P.J. Soles, and Nancy Allen plot to avenge themselves on ostracized fellow student and budding telekinetic Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) after they get in trouble for pelting her with tampons. When they get popular boy Tommy Ross (William Katz) to be her date for the prom, the stage is set for some heart-rending cruelty and fiery retribution.



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    A Walk to Remember

    Landon Carter (Shane West) and his friends are the coolest kids in Beaufort, North Carolina. They wear the right clothes, drive the right cars, and get into just enough trouble to be rebellious. Jamie Sullivan (Mandy Moore) is the opposite--there doesn't seem to be anything cool about her. The preacher's daughter, plain Jamie wears big boxy dresses and the same sweater every day. She endures the scorn of Landon and his friends with a smile, always looking for the best in people. When a prank planned by Landon and his friend goes terribly wrong, the principal sentences him to tutoring on the weekends and working on the school play, activities in which Jamie is involved. As the two begin spending time together, Landon finds himself intrigued by this guileless girl who sees beauty in everything and exhibits unwavering faith in people and in the world.
     
  6. Meet the Dream Girl…

    "Hi, umm… Do you happen to know who Preston Myers is?"

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    Amanda Beckett, Can't Hardly Wait

    It's easy to tell when the Dream Girl is around because she has hair straight out of a Pantene commercial, every male in the vicinity has stopped what they were doing, and time starts moving in slow motion. You've pined for her since freshman year, turn into mush when she walks by, and this one time, she borrowed a pencil. (Your pencil!) You can hardly wait to profess your love for her. But first you'll have to conquer the wave of nausea that surfaces every time she talks to you.







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    Say Anything

    John Cusack plays Lloyd Dobler, a high schooler on the cusp of graduation who devotes himself to the pursuit of Diane Court (Ione Skye), the aloof class valedictorian who happens to be beautiful as Corey (Lily Taylor), Lloyd's best friend puts it, "a brain trapped in the body of a game show hostess."



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    License to Drive

    Les (Corey Haim) is about to go through one of the most important adolescent rites-of-passage: He's all set to take his driver's license exam. And Les had better pass, cause his younger buddies are depending on him to free them from the onerous malady of parental vehicular dependency. Adding to his pressure is his hot date with Mercedes (Heather Graham), a super-babe, that Les has lied his was into.
    Les fails the test. But he's not discouraged because when you haven't got it, you can fake it! So he steals his grandfather's near-vintage, baby-blue caddy that's just back from the shop. Once the wheels are out on the road, it's no turning back for the teens on the town. Too bad everything that could go wrong does go wrong, as Les's cool evening out becomes his worst nightmare.



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    Some Kind of Wonderful

    Keith (Eric Stoltz) is finishing up with high school. A sensitive loner, he prefers to work on his art over going to sporting events and hanging with the cool crowd. Instead, he platonically whiles away the hours with Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson), the pixieish drummer girl he's known since grade school. But Keith does have one popular obsession: Amanda Jones (Lea Thompson), the most desired girl in school--and girlfriend of obnoxious rich guy Hardy Jens (Craig Scheffer). When Hardy and Amanda part ways, Keith finally has his chance---and true blue Watts will do all that she can, even it that means biting her tongue and suppressing her true feelings for her longtime friend. John Hughes' follow-up to the classic PRETTY IN PINK takes essentially the same story and flips the gender roles, with another positive "follow-your-heart" message and a great soundtrack featuring the Jesus & Mary Chain, Flesh For Lulu, and the March Violets.
     
  7. Meet the Overachiever…

    "It's like my mom says, 'The weak are always trying to sabotage the strong.'"

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    Tracy Flick, Election

    Someone's gunning for class president, and she's not going to let anyone get in the way. It's Ivy League or bust, and this hyper-competitive Type A student won't rest until her transcript is bulletproof. Her biggest dislike? Losing. Her personal motto? Victory, by any means necessary.







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    Grease

    This film adaptation of GREASE is the zippy smash hit translation from the Broadway musical tribute to the fabulous 1950s. As a new school year begins, wholesome Australian exchange student Sandy (pop star Olivia Newton-John) and duck-tailed, leather-jacketed Danny (John Travolta) parlay their summertime romance into an on-and-off attraction that may or may not cross clique lines. Sandy seriously cramps Danny's style, so he dumps her. In response, Sandy begins dating a wholesome athlete, but, as a hedge, she also joins the gum-chewin', tough-talkin' clique known as the Pink Ladies.



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    Pretty Persuasion

    With a deceptively sweet appearance and a genius IQ, 15-year-old aspiring actress Kimberly Joyce (Evan Rachel Wood) has the world in the palm of her perfectly manicured hand. When she takes new Arab student Randa (Adi Schnall) under her shallow wings, it is with the ulterior motives she has learned from her crazy, porn-watching, coke-snorting racist father (James Woods), his blank trophy wife (Jaime King), and perverted teachers like Mr. Anderson (Ron Livingston). Desperately wanting the publicity, Kimberly convinces her sidekicks Randa and Brittany (Elisabeth Harnois) to make false allegations of sexual abuse against Mr. Anderson. While Anderson is may not be a good teacher or role model, he is not guilty of actual sexual assault. When Anderson buys his wife (Selma Blair) a skirt identical to the uniform worn by his students, his inappropriate feelings are revealed. The film suggests that society can expect no less than Kimberly's self-described precociousness from a generation that values good looks, fame, and money over honesty, goodness, and moral integrity. Wood shines as Kimberly, a villain who is truly the victim of the world around her. While Kimberly is hellbent on getting what she wants, it is hard to see how someone who has so internalized society's warped ideology can even have a sense of self.



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    Nancy Drew

    Legendary teenage sleuth Nancy Drew enters the 21st century in this feature film from director Andrew Fleming (NIXON, THE CRAFT). In Nancy’s (Emma Roberts) latest mystery, she and her father (Tate Donovan) make a temporary move from rural River Heights to Los Angeles. Determined to make the most of her stay, Nancy has chosen them a rental home with a notorious past: the mysterious death of its owner, starlet Dehlia Draycott, in the early 1980s. The closer Nancy edges towards the truth, the more trouble she encounters from someone who clearly doesn’t want the mystery solved. To make matters worse, old-fashioned Nancy doesn’t quite fit in with the cool kids--or anyone else--at Hollywood High, except for younger would-be Romeo Corky (Josh Flitter).
     
  8. Meet the Slacker…

    "All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I'm fine."

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    Jeff Spicoli, Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Duuuuuude! The Slacker is, like, totally the most chill kid in school. He's always late to class because the morning waves were calling his name, and life's too short to waste away in a classroom anyway. But don't count him out too quickly -- give him (and his best bud) a gnarly phone booth time machine and a mission, and they'll have the most righteous history report to turn in.







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    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Two brain-dead California teenagers, with a combined vocabulary of approximately 75 words, travel back in time to corral various historical figures for a class presentation that just might keep the pair from failing history "most heinously." Napoleon, Socrates, Billy The Kid, Sigmund Freud and Mozart are among those who journey forward in time with the duo in order to give the youth of California eye-witness accounts of the "awesome" pageant that is world history. Most excellent.



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    Clueless

    Loosely based on Jane Austen's classic, "Emma," high school teenagers in Beverly Hills (many of whom seem to be named after singers who now do television infomercials) change outfits, have nose jobs and cellular phones, and take care of everybody else's, except their own, social lives.



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    Dazed and Confused

    On the last day of school in May 1976, students at a suburban Texas high school wait, lackadaisically, for classes to end. The restless almost-seniors--an eclectic group of stone-heads, fraternal jocks, and snobby sorority girls--can't wait to haze the incoming freshman, an annual event as harrowing for freshman boys as it is humiliating for girls. Amidst this teenage wasteland of drugs, partying, and rock and roll is football star Pink (Jason London), who saves scrawny pre-frosh Mitch (Wiley Wiggins) from being paddled to oblivion by upper-classmates. But Pink has his own battles: he's struggling over the head coach's demand that football players sign a pledge to abstain from sex and all psychoactive substances. When a wild end-of-the-year party is cancelled, the students end up congregating at a beer-blast in the back woods, organized by aging hang-about Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey).
     
  9. Meet the Queen Bee…

    "She thinks she's gonna have a party and not invite me? Who does she think she is?"

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    Regina George, Mean Girls

    Well, someone's got to rule the school, and the Queen Bee has more than earned the title. Although she may not have a nose for the books, she's got a killer fashion sense and her dad's platinum credit card -- tools of the trade for the school's preeminent social figure. This superficial beauty has Fendi on the brain and Machiavelli in her heart.







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    Clueless

    Loosely based on Jane Austen's classic, "Emma," high school teenagers in Beverly Hills (many of whom seem to be named after singers who now do television infomercials) change outfits, have nose jobs and cellular phones, and take care of everybody else's, except their own, social lives.



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    Heathers

    Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder) has sacrificed everything in order to preserve her place in Westerburg High’s most impenetrable social clique, the HEATHERS. As the only member of the group not named "Heather", Veronica has to work extra hard just to stay afloat. Going against her own morals and intelligence, Veronica succumbs to peer pressure on a daily basis, faking her delight in the humiliation of the school’s less popular students. Bored of the frat parties and cow tipping so popular among her friends, Veronica’s curiosity is peaked when a mysterious new guy named JD comes to town. The dark, brooding JD (Christian Slater at his best) observes Veronica among her pack in the lunchroom (where social hierarchy is most clearly displayed), concluding that Veronica is not a Heather at heart. When Veronica confides in JD that she hates her friends and wishes Heather #1 was dead, she never expects her words to have such dire consequences.



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    Jawbreaker

    In what seems to be a hybrid of classic teen flicks HEATHERS and CLUELESS, three of the most popular girls in school (Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart and Julie Benz) pretend to kidnap their friend as a prank, shoving a jawbreaker in her mouth to keep her quiet in the process. The plot unfolds around the friend's unfortunate demise after she chokes on the jawbreaker.
     
  10. Meet the Foreign Exchange Student…

    "I believe 'shaved' is the expression"

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    Nadia, American Pie

    Every school has one: the foreign exchange student. Often European, always hot, this visiting teen has come to the U.S. for an education but will leave with so much more. Whether it's joining the T-Birds to get Michelle Pfeiffer's heart, taming Julia Stiles' shrew, or navigating the shallow social waters of girls that are nothing near nice, the foreign kid is going to learn that the best parts of the American high school experience are -- naturally -- extracurricular.







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    Grease 2

    It's the early 1960s, and new Brit in town Michael Carrington (Maxwell Caulfield) has just arrived at Rydell High School. Michael, a bookish, sappy milquetoast, immediately becomes smitten with Stephanie Zinone (Michelle Pfeiffer), the gorgeous leader of the Pink Ladies, the hippest clique of chicks at Rydell -- who only date the way-cool T-Birds. So if Michael wants to win Stephanie's heart, he'll have to transform himself from a geek to a greaser. Will his plan work?



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    Mean Girls

    In this survival-of-the-fittest teen comedy, high school is a dangerous jungle seething with teenagers who prey on each other like wild animals. The nonstop jokes are hilariously rewarding as they exaggerate adolescent vanity and satirize political correctness issues like race, class, and homosexuality. Here, the Plastics are the most popular girls in school. They wrote the rule book on Girl World, like always wearing pink on Tuesdays. And they're mean. So when pretty new girl Cady (Lindsay Lohan) arrives in school, the first thing they do is make fun of her. Then they try to win her over. Cady is torn between social cliques. She befriends the punky rebels Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese). But the guy Cady wants to date is friends with the Plastics--Regina (Rachel McAdams), Gretchen (Lacey Chabert), and Karen (Amanda Seyfriend)--so she has to be resourceful. Problem is, the two groups hate each other. Just trying to fit in, Cady jumps through hoops for the Plastics and becomes a mean girl in the process. Though her transformation is radical, when the final act of meanness is done, she learns a few valuable lessons.



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    10 Things I Hate About You

    The story of high school newcomer Cameron James, and his pursuit of Bianca, the girl of his dreams. His plans are thwarted when he finds out he cannot date Bianca until her older sister, the social outcast Kat, has a boyfriend. A witty high school re-telling of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW.
     
  11. Meet the Bad Boy…

    "Chaos was what killed the dinosaurs, darling."

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    Jason "J.D." Dean, Heathers

    What is it about the Bad Boy that makes a good girl want to jump on a Harley, tease her hair, and light up a cigarette? Maybe it's the allure of the forbidden. Maybe it's the taste of the unknown. Maybe it's the liberating feeling one gets eliminating the insufferably popular girls by way of creative homicide. In any case, it's definitely true; every girl wants to be the one who can turn a brooding delinquent into boyfriend material.








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    Step Up

    Fans of DIRTY DANCING and FAME will dig the moves in this tale of a sullen young thug named Tyler (Channing Tatum) who winds up doing community service at the Baltimore High School for the Performing Arts. At first he's just smirking and mopping the floors, but then Nora (Jenna Dewan), a talented dancer and choreographer, loses her partner to a fractured ankle mere weeks before the big showcase, and Tyler steps in as her partner. At first he doesn't take it too seriously but then again, he's never had a real chance in life. His best friend from the street (Damaine Radcliff) gets jealous and forces Tyler to decide which side of the tracks he thinks he belongs on.



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    Breakfast Club

    When five high school students from different social groups are forced to spend a Saturday together in detention, they find themselves interacting with and understanding each other for the first time.