Real Linklater charm in this fully fleshed universe populated by funny and authentic performances. This is far from his best film though, and at times it feels very unfocused and even ironically distanced. This film feels more nostalgic than urgent but it is a fun ride.
Puerile and thankfully dated male adolescent trivia. The girls are mere foils and lack any character development. Ditto 'lads'. Scanty supercial plot, and dialogue obsessed with weed and shagging. Please don't give me the 'ironic' line. As for those weird sado/masochistic fresher rituals - barely critiqued, just good old USA rites of passage. Mubi - lots of us expect better than digging this shit out the vaults.
It does have a genuine warmth to it, and that melancholy feeling of things lost. Also a nihilistic underside to the campy ideology of high school films. With that being said, some things are just too annoying: why do we need a music video sequence every 10 minutes? Why doesn't the film tell us where it's set? Also, how can someone enjoy the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd?
Je ne vois pas comment on peut considérer ce film comme une oeuvre "culte", sauf à avoir été bizutés sur un terrain de foot américain dans les années 70. Rien de rebelle dans ses ados ; juste le temps qui fout le camp entre une canette de bière et un joint. Comme quoi la nostalgie est chose culturelle.
Oh dear Mubi, Usually your film choices and reviews are spot on but not here. If your idea of entertainment is watching teens act in a wholly stereotyped and fictionalised way, with an absence of any plot works for you then fine but otherwise look elsewhere for your film fix.
Great music, great cast, loved to see all those young actors at the dawn of their careers. It is the typical high school movie, which will make you miss those times. It is funny and crazy. Don't expect intellectual ingenuity, it is a very down to earth movie about being an adolescent in the 70s with all the crazy stuff happening in that time. Did i say the soundtrack was great?
"Among the best teen films ever made ..." (Mubi) No it isn't. It's flaccid and dull. The only saving grace is the re-creation of 1976 middle class high school rituals, which frankly could have been done in a 15 minute short. Linklater's title is self-descriptive. He's more Dazed and Confused And high and pissed than any of the characters.
I can see why it's a cult film, but it didn't resonate with me personally, maybe because I haven't grown up in the US in the 70's. What I learn from all these American films about teenagers is that there isn't any worse place on Earth than an American High School. It's like Guantanamo.
Featuring a superb soundtrack (especially for Aerosmith fans), lots of wonderful little moments and a fractured, interweaving series of character arcs, Dazed And Confused compares favourably to that other coming-of-age classic, American Graffiti. Linklater directs well, and gets himself a superb cast to work with.