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FilmStubs: Dazed and Confused (1993)

The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. (R, 102 min.)


Wednesday, June 14, 2023

7:00 PM

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This coming-of-age film follows the mayhem of group of rowdy teenagers in Austin, Texas, celebrating the last day of high school in 1976. The graduating class heads for a popular pool hall and joins an impromptu keg party, however star football player Randall "Pink" Floyd (Jason London) has promised to focus on the championship game and abstain from partying. Meanwhile, the incoming freshmen try to avoid being hazed by the seniors, most notably the sadistic bully Fred O'Bannion (Ben Affleck). [Rotten Tomatoes]

Starring: Jason London, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Parker Posey, Milla Jovovich, Joey Lauren Adams, Rory Cochrane, Adam Goldberg, Michelle Burke, Anthony Rapp, Cole Hauser, Wiley Wiggins, Esteban Powell, Nicky Katt
Director: Richard Linklater
Genre: Comedy

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"It's practically a historic document of life during the smiley-face button era."

— Desson Thomson, Washington Post

"The ultimate party movie -- loud, crude, socially irresponsible and totally irresistible."

— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"The surprise lies in Linklater's ability to breathe so much fresh life into a tired formula...This is a picture that recollects not merely a period in time but a state of mind."

— Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"Once every decade or so, a movie captures the hormone-drenched, fashion- crazed, pop-song-driven rituals of American youth culture with such loving authenticity that it comes to seem a kind of anthem."

— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"Like so much of Linklater’s best work, the film is profound through its being deliberately unassuming. It’s sincere without being dopey, honest without being mean, optimistic without being oblivious of how hard the future can be."

— Dominick Suzanne-Mayer, Consequence

"From the opening shot of a burnt-orange GTO cruising a high school parking lot to the strains of Aerosmith's 'Sweet Emotion,' Richard Linklater's film nails mid-'70s adolescence so precisely that you'll need Clearasil by the end credits."

— Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly

"One of the most exciting movies of this, or any other, year. It's smart, funny, and wonderfully crafted and performed. Every one of these characters is completely familiar and recognizable; so far this has held true for every viewer I have spoken with, whether they graduated from high school 25 years ago or last week."

— Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle