Picks and Pans Review: All American High

updated 05/09/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/09/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PBS (Mon., May 9, 10 p.m. ET)

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In this real-life Fast Times at Ridgemont High, we see an American high school in Torrance, Calif., through the bright, clear eyes of a Finnish exchange student. Smart and pretty Rikki Rauhala is amazed, as most American adults would be, at these kids today—their clothes, their language (the show censors nothing), their school spirit and their malls. America baffles her at first but soon wins her over because "you can be crazy here." Crazy is right. All American High, directed by Keva Rosenfeld, does a spectacular job of candidly capturing the life of typical suburban teens, including their partying, drinking, studying and giggling over sex. It is true. It is hilarious. It's a little frightening. And this is one wonderfully entertaining documentary.

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