In a small Texas enclave, highlights the rites of passage on the last day of school in 1976 for the new, incoming freshmen at the hands of the class of 77 at Robert E. Lee High School. Freshman boys are physically punished, while the girls largely face the brunt of verbal abuse and humiliation. Two main figures emerge. Incoming freshman Mitch Kramer comes to a new realization in his role as a major target of senior hazing. And, among the seniors is Randall Pink Floyd, the schools star quarterback, who moves with facile grace among groups of greasers, nerds, stoners, and athletes alike.
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I was just entering high school at the time this movie is set and I was amazed at how close the director came in capturing teen life of that period, right down to the clothing. I had friends in high school that could have been characters in this movie. Though I was half a world away on a military base in Germany, the same attitudes among teens prevailed.
Dazed and Confused finds meaning in the familiar scene of High Schoolmadness. The meaning is not lost on the straightest of viewers, yet italso extends to the American counterculture of the time period. Cheersto a worth wile flick. Personally, its best with a brew or two.If you are looking for a lighthearted romp or something in thebackground for that casual evening of beer and friends, this will fitthe bill. Don't peer too far into this one and its more rewarding. Several drinking games (and less legal substance games) have beencontrived for this film and may improve your experience. Watch at yourown risk as lethal doses of fun may ensue.
Nice outfits, great cars, good actors..oh, they just forgot one littlething: a scenario. This is probably the most uninteresting movie thatI've ever seen, unless you're on a total nostalgia trip, which in mycase could only be the case by the fact that I was BORN in 1976. Ormaybe if you need some fashion ideas to start an retro indie band? Idon't know, I'm just trying to find something worth watching that moviebut overall I really wouldn't recommend to waste your time on this. Andhow are you supposed to write 10 lines comment about a total absence ofmovie plot? Obviously the writers barely managed to write those tenlines for their movie's script and didn't really care about wasting ourtime, so I really don't see why I should.
It's like funny with out the usual American corn-ball feel. It's like tight fit blue jeans and high high shoes and long long hair. Hey, it's like being there.
Pure cinematic genius! Though much of the focus on this film is on itslackof a discernible plot and the glorification of drugs and underagedrinking,the beauty of the film lies in the way it doesn't focus. It plays likelife, where there is not always a story going on. Keep in mind, the movietakes place overthe course of a single day, so it could be asking a bit much to expectmuchin the way of an involved plot (in fact, a heavy plot would likely havediminished Linklater's effort at capturing a moment). For many people,thisis life, these are people I know, people I hang with (though the 90'sversion of them).Never boring and frequently funny, this film never ceases to entertain me.It never tries to be something it cannot be. With the fantastic castingandacting, and nearly impeccable direction, I give it an 11 out of10!
One striking feature of this movie was the fact that music played such a huge part in capturing the mood of the times. Almost like Scorsese's "Mean Streets". Also, did anyone really notice either Matthew McConaughey or Ben Affleck under those mullets? Me neither. Despite the humor in this movie, there is a lot of pain here too (all the hazing, paddling, Newhouse's fight). That's what gives the movie a more lasting feel. But overall, it captures the mood of being young and carefree perfectly.
This is one of those rare movies that I can see over and over again and never grow tired of.
This flick is one of the greatest teen angst movies ever produced. Thefirsttime I saw this movie, I was studying for a test over the weekend. After Iwatched it, I quit studying, hung out with my friends, and got inebriatedand failed my test Monday. That's a powerful flick, to me.
Having graduated at about the same time as this crowd, I can tell youthat most of the characters are dead-on. It's a very good,if not great,movie. I thought they went a bit overboard on the hazing angle...I mean Iknow some of that stuff went on, but I don't remember carloads of seniorswith paddles chasing down incoming freshmen. Maybe it was a Texas thing. Thesoundtrack was great but they really should have thrown in some Pink Floydand Todd Rundgren. I recall spending quite a few nights with guys like the stoner...sittingin small rooms lit only by a blacklight, passing a bong and crankin up thetunes. All in all the movie reminded me of how great it was to 18 in theearly/mid seventies...after the craziness of the 60s and before disco,punk,rap,Aids and MTV closed the party down.
Boy, did I feel messed up after watching this! Seriously! There is noplotor point to this movie. Just drugs, sex, rock & roll, and gettin' loaded!I was drinking Tequila with my brother and his friends while I watched it,so I felt even more, well, "Dazed and Confused". The movie is basicallyjust one big party that takes up the 2 hours of film. It realisticallyrecaptures the essence and memories of high school teens in the 70's.However, watching it is not an easy task. It's very funny, but it'sloadedwith beer and drugs. Andsome scenes are tough to watch, because it reminds us of how at one pointinour lives, we all got our a**es pounded in with a paddle by the olderkids.That's life! But hey, life can be cool, hip, and drugged up sometimes,likethe time this movie took place. It happens to us at one point in ourlives.This movie is well constructed, and very funny at times. However, don'tthink you will come out of this movie feeling halfway normal and sober.
All i can say is WOW! My friend has been telling me to see this movie forawhile now. I finally rented it last week and watched it. Even though therewas really no point to the movie it was still highly enjoyable.Dazed and Confused is about a bunch of high school students on their lastday of school in 1976. All the characters are memorable and it's hard to forget every one of them.I think most high school students can connect with the characters whether itbe 1976 or 2000. I know, personally, that each one of my friends (andincluding myself) is each one of the characters. Of course I have a friendwho is identical to Pink, Simone, Michelle, Mike, Tony,etc..All the actors in the movie were great but Rory Cochrane's character,Slater, just stood out. Of course me being a fan of this fine actor, wouldsay something like this, but it is true. The doped-up stoner, Slater, is oneof the funniest and unforgetable characters of Dazed.Highly recommended movie for anyone regardless of age. This movie is notyour average PG-13 teenaged movies like Down To You, Drive Me Crazy, (oranything containing Freddie Prinze Jr.). Because it's not your average PG-13teenager movie, it's rated R for language and they smoke a lot of weed inthis movie."George Washington was in a cult, and the cult was into aliensman!"~Slater
Although not the greatest of all time it is a pretty great movie that isfun to watch. True it doesn't really have a plot but so what, some of thegreatest movies have no plot and they still work out fine. This movie isgreat for people growing up in at least the 60's, though 90's I am nottotally for sure because the movie is supposed to be from april 1976 and Iwasn't even born till october 1976 but still great.
i loved this movie so much because it shows what the 70s were like andi wish i was born then because parties were way cooler and the musicwas awesome.i also liked the fact that they had a lot of actors justtaking off in there career. my favorite character would have to beslater-san because he had the heavy stoner style which was differentthen than it is now. i like the jocks in that movie as well there notego maniacs like pink he fought the man, man. my dad grew up in the 70sand he said when i was watching the movie he said there was my Fridaynight right there which was pretty cool. the music again what theypicked was very accurate with the times so it all fell into place for a1993 movie. this movie is one of my favorites and always will be.
This was a very good movie! It was mostly what happend in the 70's, the one of the best decades in the century! It was all topped off by an awsome soundtrack made by some of the best bands in the 70's! I reccomend it to anyone who likes great party movies!
I love this movie; it's one of the most honest and hilarious teen movies EVER. I really have lost count of all the times I've seen it and yes I do have a friend that is exactly like every one of these characters.PLOT: There really is no plot to this movie. It's the last day of high school in 1976. Th upcoming seniors are hazing the upcoming freshman. The boys by paddling the other boys with very thick paddles and the girls by making them propose to older boys, pouring food on them and taking them through a carwash. One of the boys is throwing a party but is caught by his parents when the kegs of beer is delivered too early. So we watch as the jocks, nerds, stoners, etc. cruise around for the rest of the night. I know it doesn't sound too interesting but it is a hilarious, accurate movie that is suprisingly thoughtful and observational.CAST:Jason London(Randall 'Pink' Floyd): London isn't very funny at all in his role but he is great as the guy who is popular because he gets along with everyone and is laid back. He's the star quarterback and is pressured to sign a pledge not to indulge in sex, alcohol, or drugs all of which he is active in.Rory Cochrane(Ron Slater): Cochrane is hilarious as the stoner who goes through most of the movie out of it with his eyes closed throwing out great rambling about weed, sex, aliens and George Washington.Sasha Jenson(Don Dawson): I think Jenson gave the best performance as the football player who doesn't care about much of anything except girls and partying and having a good time. Everything he does is hilarious. He gets suprisingly more contemplative towards the end but not much.Adam Goldberg(Mike Newhouse): Goldberg is solid as the neurotic guy whose uncertain about his future and life in general. He has some good lines and I love it when he gets in a fight at the end just because you wouldn't expect it from him.Matthew McConaughey(David Wooderson): McConaughey was outstanding as the aging party animal who still hangs out with the high school kids. We all know someone like this. He was hilarious but his character is ultimately sad especially at the end when he tells Floyd he should choose not to follow rules and do whatever because while it sounds good at first you realize that there comes a time when everyone has to grow up.Ben Affleck(Fred O'Bannion): I really liked Affleck's also performance because its another one of those you can easily recognize from your own life. He is the school jerk who lives to torment the freshman. He was really over the top especially with his temper tantrums.Cole Hauser(Benny O'Donnell): This character didn't really get as much screen time as I would've liked but I enjoyed Hauser's role as the other bad*** who is actually a little more thoughtful than the other jocks.Other standouts include: Shawn Andrews as the would-be party thrower Kevin Pickford, Jason O. Smith as the token black jock Melvin and Joey Lauren Adams as Pink's girlfriend Simone.CONTENT: This movie has an extreme amount of drug use and bad language. There's also some violence such as the fight scene and the freshman getting viciously paddled.EXTRA STUFF: The one liners are classic and the movie is suprisingly thoughtful and contemplative about life and whether you should do what you want or conform for the sake of your friends.FINAL WORD: This is one of my favorite movies and it's sure to bring back memories.
This review is from: Dazed and Confused (DVD) This is a great representation of the often ignored drug culture in suburbia. This film is hilarious and probably contains something you have seen or experienced in High School. The characters are well represented by the stellar young cast. A great acquisition to fit along side American Pie, Porky's and Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
This review is from: Dazed and Confused (DVD) All the characters are realistcally drawn, with consistently good acting. I'd compare this movie to American Graffiti, except it's funnier. Both movies used a stellar cast of young actors and both went to a lot of trouble to get all the details of the particular time period right. When you see a movie like this you realize how all the mega-budget special effects often get in the way of the typical Hollywood movie. The advertising that accompanied the movie made it seem like it was just a stoner flick, but it's a lot more than that. The DVD provides very sharp images, but the dialog during the first part of the movie seemed to be too low in volume although it picked up later on. That's my only criticism, and it's still an easy 5 star movie.
The difference between "Slacker" writer & director Richard Linklater'spostmodern teen comedy "Dazed and Confused" and similar sagas is thathe doesn't sugarcoat the past with a surfeit of sentiment. Linklaterdiscussed the inspiration for his second movie on the Criterion DVDcommentary track. "This whole movie, I can say, happened to me. It wassort of the greatest hits of my freshman year and other high schoolyears combined into one day." He adds, "This whole movieÂI will sayÂisthe most autobiographical thingÂI thinkÂmoment to momentÂthat I've everdone, but actually it's full of little character bits that came fromother people. If it didn't happen to me, it was important that ithappened to someone else." Linklater clarifies that "Dazed andConfused" was never an independent filmÂa mistaken idea that a lot ofpeople have about itÂbut always a major studio release.This politically subversive narrative chronicles last dayÂMay 28,1976--of the spring semester at Lee High School, home of the 'fightingrebels,' in Austin, Texas. Essentially, Linklater's film consists of an"American Graffiti" like anthology of loosely knit relationships amongthe juniors and the freshmen that gravitate toward each other. Wisely,Linklater provides "Dazed and Confused" with a killer soundtrack ofgolden oldies from the period, including everything from Aerosmith andKiss to Z.Z. Top. These kids imbibe lots of beer and smoke lots ofmarijuana without any qualms or consequences. Several cast members wenton to successful careers, but most of them were nobodies when theyappeared in "Dazed and Confused." Matthew McConaughey made hisbig-screen debut. Co-starring with McConaughey are Ben Affleck, ColeHauser, Parker Posey, Joey Lauren Adams, Milla Jovovich, and RoryCochrane."Dazed and Confused" deals with the trauma of change. Everybody isplanning for bigger and better things. Three incoming freshmen dreamabout their first year of high school and all the warm and willingwomen who will add Technicolor to their lusty fantasies. A junior hatesthe idea of having to sign a pledge to shun beer and drugs before hecan play his senior year on the football team. Everybody is moving onexcept O'Bannon. He's heading back for his second senior year. Whatmost people may miss is that the high school groups in "Dazed andConfused" represent a microcosm of life. Ostensibly, the admission thatthe past was not perfect and the losses that many characters enduregive this film its resonance.Indeed, on e character sums up the overall attitude of many when hecomments, "If I ever start referring to these as the best years of mylife, remind me to kill myself." The theme of initiation is prevalentthroughout "Dazed and Confused." The older kids, both male and female,terrorize the younger ones. Indeed, only one adult family figuresprominently here and the father's inference with his son has majorrepercussions. Again, aside from one character's ascension from youthto stud master, nobody gets what they want. Linklater doesn't look atthe past through rose-colored glasses and this distinction gives "Dazedand Confused" a sense of depth. This sense of depth, or denial ofgratification, is undoubtedly what prompted Universal Studios to giveit marginal theatrical exposure. Since Linklater's film hit home video,the fan base has grown considerably and its status as a cult film hasbeen cemented.Randy "Pink" Floyd (Jason London) spends the bulk of the movie tryingto decide whether he wants to sign a no-drugs pledge or throw it backin his coach's face. The football coach, Coach Conrad (Terry Mross)wants Pink to stay away from stoners, such as Slater (Rory Coltrane),Kevin Pickford (Shawn Andrews) and Michelle Burroughs (Milla Jovovich),and as well as alcoholics like David Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey inhis second movie). Earlier, Kevin had planned to throw a keg party athis house after his parents left on a weekend outing. When a kegsalesman shows up ahead of time at Kevin's house, Kevin's father smellsa rat and they stay home, sabotaging Kevin's big bash. Junior highstudent Mitch Kramer (Wily Wiggens) and his buddiesÂCarl Burnett(Esteban Powell), Tommy Houston (Mark Vandermeulen) and JohnHirschfelder (Jeremy Fox)--are about to enter high school as freshmanand they must submit to the paddles of high school juniors who arebound and determined to initiate them into the mysteries of pain thataccompanies his promotion to high school.Three rising juniors, Michael Newhouse (Adam Greenberg), Tony Olsen(Anthony Rapp) and red-haired Jodi (Michelle Burke), are the classjournalists who like playing poker as a trio. Meanwhile, Simone Kerr(Joey Lauren Adams) and Darla Marks (Parker Posy) initiate the incomingjunior high girls by making to them sprawl on the asphalt so that theycan dog them out and spew catsup and mustard on their bodies. Later,the girls drive the younger girls through car washes to clean them up.Eventually, the footballers, Fred O'Bannion (Ben Affleck), BennyO'Donnell (Cole Hauser), Don Dawson (Sasha Jenson) and Pink run downthe younger guys like his brother Mitch to paddle them. Mitch'ssympathetic older brother takes Mitch on an odyssey riding in cars withhis friends. Mitch gets to smoke grass, buy and drink booze, and datesan older girl. Meanwhile, the older guy O'Bannion suffers hiscomeuppance at the hands of Mitch when they pour paint on him as he isabout to paddle another incoming freshman.Linklater depicts an entire cross-section of teens in "Dazed andConfused" who are usually smoking, drinking, or generally trying tomake life miserable for people younger than they are.
'Dazed and Confused' is one of those rare movies that's not'feel-good,' but nevertheless makes you feel good. All the components(cast, setting, story, soundtrack) combine in this film to make for aunique, enjoyable, nostalgia-inducing experience, even for someone whowasn't alive in the '70s.The characters are well-developed, mixing elements of 'good guy' and'bad guy' in several character, with only two notable personas, Darla(Parker Posey) and O'Bannion (Ben Affleck) not leaving you wishing theywere your friends.All in all, this movie's a great way to spend a rainy afternoon,especially if you've got a couple of six-packs and a group of pals toshare it with.
This review is from: Dazed & Confused: The Criterion Collection (DVD) What an incredible DVD. Dazed and Confused will always stand as one of the most realistic portrayals of high schoolers on the cusp of adulthood. But now you get to see the story behind the scenes. In the Extras, Richard Linklater talks about fighting to keep one of the key elements in the film, the soundtrack that defines a generation. We find out how the characters were drawn and see several actor auditions. I especially liked the stories of how Matthew McConaughey and Wiley Wiggins were chosen for their roles. The book that accompanies the DVD features articles by film and rock and roll journalists and quotes from the actors. I graduated from high school in 1976 and I recognize pretty much every rite of passage and cultural symbol. As a former DJ, my husband hates when a film misplaces music and he says this is one of the most accurate soundtracks he's seen in film. The Dazed and Confused poster that comes with the DVD hangs proudly on the wall of my home business. As Slater would say, "That's what I'm talkin' about."