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‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’

Phoebe Cates and Jennifer Jason Leigh in a scene from ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’. Photo courtesy of Fathom Events

Gnarly dude! In celebration of its 35th anniversary, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” will return to select cinemas nationwide on Sunday, July 30 and Wednesday, Aug. 2. The two-day event, presented by Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Universal Pictures, will also feature an exclusive before and after commentary from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz who will give insight into this classic film.

The 1982 film follows a group of Southern California high school students as they explore their most important subjects: sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Directed by Amy Heckerling (“Clueless”) and written by Cameron Crowe (“Almost Famous”), this hilarious portrait of 1980s American teen life stars Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates and Judge Reinhold and features decade-defining music from The Go-Go’s, Oingo Boingo and The Cars.

Participating movie theaters in our neck of the woods include AMC Loews Stony Brook 17, 2196 Nesconset Highway, Stony Brook (at 2 and 7 p.m. on both days); Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas, 1001 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale (on July 30 and Aug. 2 at 7 p.m.); and Island 16 Cinema de Lux, 185 Morris Ave., Holtsville (on July 30 and Aug. 2 at 7 p.m.). To purchase your ticket in advance, visit www.fathomevents.com.