Richard Linklater’s Slacker presents a day in the life of Austin, Texas, where a merry-go-round of amateur philosophers, jilted lovers, inept criminals, aspiring artists, and whacked-out conspiracy theorists searches for a place to be.
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Its not out of line to claim that the Austin of the early nineties was comparable to San Francisco in 1967 as a kind of civic manifestation of a certain generational gestalt. Austin = it. It was a perfect microcosm for the new North American youth movement (which was no movement). Linklater offers a sly generational portrait. Austin and a day. The way Ulysses was Dublin and a day. Ulysses, incidentally, is quoted.
The notion that Richard Linklater had some ultra-advanced and illicit piece of technology at his disposal that enabled him to explore the eventual adult consciousness of people who were then just toddlers is a somewhat unlikely one, but there is no other way to account for this fascinating documentary about the cultural detritus littering my brain.
Everyone is a quirky intellectual aching to talk. Many different faces, but it's the same old shit. Everyone talks the exactly same way! It's as if Linklater wrote down everything he's learned in college and used the camera to report his knowledge. I respect it for what it is, what it represents, but it gets pretty dull from time to time.
A pretty clever movie which demands next to no attention span from its viewer and giving its audience next to no opportunities to get bored with it. Slacker feels like a precursor to Walking Life without the dark turns. Admittedly, it comes off as a compilation of college dorm room stoner thoughts but despite being clearly dated it doesn't really feel stale at all.