U.S., 1993, 102 min, DCP, Dir. Richard Linklater, Rated R, Universal Pictures
Dazed and Confused
“The ultimate party movie -- loud, crude, socially irresponsible and totally irresistible.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Step back into the decade of Led Zeppelin, bell-bottoms, and loose joints on the last day of school in 1976. Richard Linklater’s breakthrough film is a staple summer flick that captures the timelessness of youth with a killer soundtrack and some of the most quotable lines in movie history. Taking cues from the characters themselves, the film has a lackadaisical charm that eases you into cool summer nights hanging out with a bunch of friends you never knew you had. Even in his early films, Linklater had a knack for the kind of dialogue that just rolls off the tongue, and with a large ensemble cast featuring early roles for Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, Adam Goldberg, and Milla Jovovich, it’s no wonder it comes off like such a breeze. Even when the film came out, it felt like a cult classic. Given the luxury of time, it truly lives up to that title.
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