"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.
Jemand sagte, Heimat kann auch die Zeit sein, in der du dich zuhause fühlst. 1976 war diese Zeit: schon die Songs in Linklaters Film genügen, um diese Heimat zu beschreiben. Es ist nicht die Handlung als es die kleinen Gesten des Filmes sind, die diese Heimat einer Jugend erzeugen. Die Zeichnung der Charaktere, die liebevollen Details, die emotionalen Irrungen und das kleine Aufbegehren beschreiben sie. Slow down!
Devenu (plus ou moins) culte pour les amateurs de films indépendants made in USA, "Dazed and Confused" transmet à fond l'état d'esprit d'une certaine jeunesse des années 70. On sent presque les (très nombreux) joints et la bière, on tape du pied au son d'Aerosmith et d'Alice Cooper, on admire les couleurs et les looks. L'immersion est réussie, les messages passent bien... mais le scénario manque un peu de surprises.
Linklater as true documentarian, which is not to say he is a filmmaker committed to realism as a mode of representation. At his best, Linklater resembles John Ford in his insistence on each shot being a vignette of portraiture, gestural clarity, & clarity of line deliverance, a little movie in & of itself. Like the Straubs, Linklater often takes interest in freedom vs. oppression within an authoritative environment.
3.8 As it goes on you realize the plot is not going anywhere, it's inconclusive though at the same time so consistent. The actors did great and the characters feel incredibly real despite the absence of psychological depth. Costumes and photography are pure eyegasm. Very enjoyable! (Loved finding out the old roots of McConaughey's "alright" )
Cool and fun. It may be unlike any highschool experience that I can relate to, but for a slice of life, it's really entertaining and has a spring in its step, unlike Linklater's stuffier works. Not to say that there isn't some of the trademark contemplative dialogue to sink your teeth into in there as well. Also, great soundtrack, as expected.
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.