Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused

Richard Linklater (1993)

98min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Some of Hollywood's hottest young talent cut their teeth on this ultra-hip movie, among them Matthew McConaughey, Parker Posey, Milla Jovovich, Ben Affleck and Adam Goldberg. But it's Jason London and Rory Cochrane who carry this freewheeling story, as a couple of high-school wasters on the last day of the summer term, not daring to look beyond the party in the woods that night. After giving voice to the disconnected youth of Austin, Texas, in his highly influential debut feature, Slacker, director Richard Linklater here defines the same generation as teenagers in 1976 - the year of the American Bicentennial. Employing a deceptively simple pseudo-documentary style, this is school daze à la Fast Times at Ridgemont High, as opposed to the nostalgic wallowings of such rose-tinted memoirs as American Graffiti. This is teenage in the raw, with all the attendant angst, arrogance, aggression and amorousness. Every kid who was in your class is in here somewhere. Rarely have the attractions and distractions of killing time been so well presented. With a superb sense of period and a scorching soundtrack - Kiss, Alice Cooper et al - this honest and incisive portrait of the way we were is both funny and scary and ranks among the very best rock 'n' roll high-school movies.

Summary

The students of a Texas high-school enjoy the last day of term in 1976, spending their time in pursuit of sex, drink or drugs. Meanwhile, the newly arrived freshmen are put through a series of humiliating initiation pranks. Richard Linklater's comedy drama, starring Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey and Parker Posey.

Cast & Crew

David Wooderson Matthew McConaughey
Fred O'Bannion Ben Affleck
Michelle Burroughs Milla Jovovich
Darla Marks Parker Posey
Randall `Pink' Floyd Jason London
Simone Kerr Joey Lauren Adams
Benny O'Donnell Cole Hauser
Ron Slater Rory Cochrane
Don Sasha Jenson
Director Richard Linklater
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Feature Film CompanyGuidance: Contains swearing and drug abuse. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Comedy