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Dazed and Confused (1993)

(R) 102 mins

Synopsis: Director Richard Linklater’s follow-up to Slacker takes an autobiographical look at some Texas teens (including Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey) on their last day of school in 1976, centering on student Randall Floyd (Jason London), who moves easily among stoners, jocks and geeks. Floyd is a star athlete, but he also likes smoking weed, which presents a conundrum when his football coach demands he sign a “no drugs” pledge.

Additional Cast: Rory Cochrane, Wiley Wiggins, Sasha Jenson, Michelle Burke, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Marissa Ribisi, Shawn Andrews, Cole Hauser, Milla Jovovich, Joey Lauren Adams, Deena Martin, Parker Posey

Director: Richard Linklater

Serious Jest: (Worth Watching) This movie was entertaining…not extremely funny, and a very vague plot…but entertaining, nonetheless. The soundtrack was awesome, too. I’m guessing that Linklater’s main goal was to produce a movie that authentically portrayed high school life in the 70s. I wasn’t even born yet in 1976, so I couldn’t relate that much, but it was still interesting. In the end, I felt about this movie like I did about Hot Tub time machine: all of the effort was put into replicating the featured time period, and had some more effort been put into the storyline itself, the movie could have been great instead of good.

CraigMakk: (Must See) The movie that sparked a generation to finally understand why they loved high school girls so much, D&C is a funny and introspective take on an age that is difficult to nail by most adult filmmakers. Plus it gave us hope that Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey could be good actors. Well, at least it has the whole funny and introspective thing I mentioned. This movie is less of an actual story, and more of a “Day in the Life” kind of experience, which makes it all the more successful at peering through the eyes of teenagers. And wow, do they smoke a hell of a lot of weed!

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