Among the best teen films ever made, Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused eavesdrops on a group of seniors-to-be and incoming freshmen. A launching pad for a number of future stars, Linklater’s first studio effort also features endlessly quotable dialogue and a rocking rock and roll soundtrack.
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Love. I'm embarrassed to admit that it took a double bill with Boyhood and a Linklater Q&A for me to finally watch this, but boy was it great. The characters are all so fully-realized, you really do feel like you're eavesdropping. It's also real fun to see these big actors (Affleck, McConnaughey, Jovovich) so young. Parker Posey and Wiley Wiggins steal the show.
"Okay guys, one more thing, this summer when you're being inundated with all this American bicentennial Fourth Of July brouhaha, don't forget what you're celebrating, and that's the fact that a bunch of slave-owning, aristocratic, white males didn't want to pay their taxes."
Linklater has the talent to put you in a coffeeshop conversation, about life and love and the past and the future, the college crowd shit, no matter where in the world you're watching his films. It's that relaxed intellectualism and in-touch nostalgia I think. I watch this movie every year and I always wish my high school life was so upside down and coloured with awesome 70's tunes.
A nice little movie that i always appreciate even though i am not a fan of linklater. Really i must tell you why i dont particular fawn over this film. Wiley Wiggins is not a good lead i personally think that he can't act his way out a paper bag but hey the film is still talked about and remembered. I do like his casting in this film from Adam Goldberg to Ben Affleck.
One of the Richard Linklater's earliest movie. DAZED AND CONFUSED is perfectly captured - the teenage life in the middle of 1970's, especially American teenagers. It's funny, hilarious, and moving. The actors and actresses did a stellar job. I can never forget Matthew McConaughey's character and his "Allright, allright, allright" quote. IMO, this movie is an epic. But in a smaller scale. Shame, I wasn't born in 70's.
A stoner anthem that resonates in you nerve endings. The simplest way to describe this movie is that it feels alive. The movement, physical and verbal, flow and make the viewer truly apart of the journey. Nothing happens but that is what the point is. It feels like life with a kick ass soundtrack and existential banter. A sonnet to teenage boredom.