EW Staff
August 08, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT


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

THE STORY A crew of bitchin’ Valley teens slack their way through high school.

BEST SCENE Jeff Spicoli (Penn, above) dreams that he is the world surfing champion. In the frighteningly fake blue-screen sequence, Spicoli works the beach, flanked by bodacious bikini babes and a microphone-wielding sportscaster (real-life newsman Stu Nahan, who played similar roles in all four ”Rocky” sequels), trashing his competition and indulging a fleeting Rolling Stones fantasy.

QUOTABLE QUOTE ”[Surfing] is like saying to a wave, ‘Hey dude, let’s party!”’

WHY WE DIG IT Writer Cameron Crowe’s ear for early-’80s teen lingo is pitch perfect. Plus, it’s nice to remember a time when Penn embraced his inner dude.

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