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Dazed and Confused
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by Ophelia13

"Fah Q."
4 stars

The school year has almost ended, and it is time to pull out the summer movies. The blockbusters. The slapstick comedies. All those cinematic masterpieces people watch in the darkness of the theatre while they should be out in the light of day. But before there can be summer movies, there must be movies like “Dazed and Confused”.

It’s the last day of school in 1976, and for the class of 1977 it’s going to be a long night. They’ve got classes to skip, pot to smoke, beer to drink, incoming freshmen to humiliate, and a whole summer to look forward to. They try not to look forward, to see the future. They live in the here and now, in the hazy and lackluster present. What they can’t avoid seeing they view with a sort of optimism by default—the class motto seems to be “Chill out, man. It can’t get any worse.” But beneath the clouds of smoke and classic rock, some of these are real people with real goals and principles. It is these that our movie is about; it is these who are dazed and confused. Their last night of the school year will be a long one, and so will the rest of their lives.

“Dazed and Confused” is one of those pre-summer movies, like “American Graffiti” and “Can’t Hardly Wait”. Almost always billed as a comedy, this type of movie is supposed to capture the feeling of anticipatory celebration that ends the dull monotony of being in a classroom every day for hours on end. What they don’t include in the billing is that unspoken need for the movie to capture something else: the desperation of high schoolers. This is a standard brought about by American Graffiti, and one expects the sense of insecurity and tension that we first saw there. Here we have that sense, and just as in the films of this type that came before it, it has been spattered all over the screen. It plays to stereotypes, of course. The jock can’t decide his purpose, the nerd wants a girl, and the bully is about to be brought down by his insecurities.

It is billed as a comedy. And comedies are supposed to be funny, to make you laugh so hard your sides hurt. Sometimes though, you can watch one that doesn’t make you laugh out loud, and it’s still just as good. Sharp writing, good timing and a healthy dose of originality can make a comedy great, without all that other stuff. “Dazed and Confused” had very little to offer when it came to side splitting hilariousness, but managed a quick wit and a tongue in cheek attitude toward it’s subjects.

Richard Linklater did the world a favor when he cast an entire film with unknowns. Here we are introduced to good actors (Marissa Ribisi, and Milla Jovovich), now famous actors (Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams) and great actors (Adam Goldberg). Never mind that you can’t see most of these actors as high school students-- or even college students. That’s not the point. The point is that they are acting; they know it, you know it, and they know that you know it. With that knowledge, they pander beautifully to the audience, and you can’t help but enjoy it.

Overall, it’s no work of art. It’s not an insight into the teenage mind; it’s not a brilliant portrayal of anything at all. But it’s fun, and it sets you up for spending your vacation in a darkened theatre watching things explode.

Perhaps a time will come when people no longer think of the last day of school as a big deal. That will also be the time when there is no summer blockbuster. Until that sad and fateful day, we’ve got “Dazed and Confused,” and what an enjoyable trip that is.

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10/08/19 ttttrtttrrttttrtttrrrrrrrttttrttrrttttrtttrrrrrrttttrttttrtt? One of the worst movies I've ever seen 1 stars
12/28/17 morris campbell overrated & unfunny imo 1 stars
8/07/14 David Hollingsworth underrated film with moments of real relevance 5 stars
10/08/09 Jeff Wilder Greatest High School movie ever. Great comedy with a melancholy undercurrent. 5 stars
9/13/08 kyle alright alright alright. awesome 5 stars
2/12/08 chris very well made to represent the kids of today and yesterday. dont like the movie screw off 5 stars
1/11/08 Dave Wiley Wiggins over acted his role as the nervous/trying-to-be cool teen 4 stars
8/13/07 jg Terrible. Pretentious, acts like its making some big point. But goes nowhere. 2 stars
2/28/07 Charles Tatum One of the most overrated films in history 2 stars
1/27/07 David Pollastrini best viewed while stoned 3 stars
5/04/06 dionwr Boring wankfest 2 stars
5/03/06 William Goss That's what I love about these high school films, man. I get older, they stay the same age. 4 stars
5/02/06 David Cornelius sweet emotion 5 stars
5/02/06 Ryan_A WILEY WIGGINS~! (also: can't wait for the Criterion DVD) 4 stars
5/01/06 HBS-SH SH PAUSE 4 stars
4/06/06 OVERRATED. Wiley Wiggins' AWFUL acting is unforgivable. othwerwise very good movie! 3 stars
7/04/05 Tash Omg its one of my absolute favourites. The best high teenage movie with sex, drugs and booz 5 stars
2/20/05 Ahnold Possibly the best highschool flick ever. Each type of character is dead on true. 5 stars
1/19/05 Jeff Anderson Not bad, the characters are fun, and the 70s music is cool, but THE STONED AGE WAS BETTER!! 3 stars
9/24/04 Agent Sands What a classic. Finally, a movie that realistically portrays teenage life. 5 stars
8/10/04 woody this movie is the best it is one of my favirots. that adam goldberg and rory cochrane dont 5 stars
7/20/04 Sarah I fell in love the first time i saw it! It still makes me laugh every time i see it! 5 stars
6/26/04 Daveman Full of teenage stereotypes and predictable melodrama, but still very entertaining 3 stars
6/11/04 Sara this movie is the fuckin best ever! 5 stars
4/27/04 4x4 Matthew McConanughey great as 20 something HS dropout. 5 stars
4/04/04 nikki f*ckin awesome! 5 stars
3/31/04 Kyle Great film. Every one can relate to to at least one character 4 stars
3/29/04 Alan '70s grad. I swear I kew every person in the movie. Dragged at times, though. 4 stars
11/16/03 Samuel One of the greatest films of all time!! 5 stars
10/22/03 igor troha my favourite movie ever ; great music 5 stars
10/05/03 Daniel Cult Classic with a killer 70's rock soundtrack! 5 stars
9/20/03 Darryl Greatest teen movie ever - with a great ensemble cast! 5 stars
8/03/03 Joman a deserving cult classic 5 stars
7/12/03 Jack Sommersby Overly deliberate and lifeless. See "The Stoned Age" instead. 2 stars
6/01/03 not much has changed best movie ever, the only real teen movie 5 stars
5/22/03 Biff Boffo The only thing this movie was lacking were video cameras at the respective hazings!! 4 stars
2/02/03 poo ita kickass movie 5 stars
2/01/03 paul unbelievably good. If don't love this movie, you don't deserve to live. 5 stars
12/15/02 Film Dude Wow. Incredible. See this movie, right now. 5 stars
11/05/02 Matt wilson This movie changed my life. used to be a nerd now i am the bomb 5 stars
10/11/02 Jess I love it .... you can watch it over and over again! 5 stars
4/30/02 Phoenix Awsome fucking movie. Milla Jovovich is gorgous. 5 stars
4/16/02 ash this movies rocks, i dont know why some people dont like it , i guess they dont get it 5 stars
1/31/02 Geo7654 purposeless, but the soundtrack and Wiley Wiggins keep it moving. 3 stars
1/24/02 Julea Goolia best damn movie i have ever seen in my life 5 stars
1/03/02 daniboy I don't get why everyone likes so much this film. There's really nothing to it. 1 stars
12/04/01 Kale Locke Fucking awesome 5 stars
9/30/01 tempest fahking awesome. two thumbs waaaaaay up 5 stars
8/14/01 790 I knew a guy in the seventies who did drugs. Ruined his life. I hate this film. 1 stars
8/03/01 craig one of the best movies. it gets better each time i watch it. great to watch befor a party 5 stars
4/17/01 cuntphucer ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ... lame and boring!!!!! 1 stars
4/09/01 Gary This movie is great. I love modern movies about the past. 5 stars
4/03/01 michelle great movie 5 stars
2/15/01 Jake Unpleasant and obnoxious. 2 stars
1/24/01 dog this movie makes you want to smoke till you drop. great every time you see it. 5 stars
1/10/01 Slater G.J. It kicked ass, from the first time I saw it, and it gets better every night I watch it 5 stars
12/04/00 Jenny AWESOME 5 stars
12/02/00 RICK pretty damn boring... at least my boyfriend gave my head during it.... 1 stars
8/19/00 Trina M. Barnard Good music. bad movie 2 stars
6/10/00 The Bomb 69 awesome shit, total classic that will stand the test of time 5 stars
5/14/00 Bender The movie is entertaining, but after a while everything bogs down, great soundtrack though. 4 stars
4/23/00 Ryan pointless... really REALLY boring 1 stars
4/12/00 Rita I love it! Soundtrack is great too! 5 stars
3/02/00 Ryan Hate the characters but love the acting 4 stars
1/13/00 halah how many times have i seen this? and it just gets better and better. it makes me happy! 5 stars
1/10/00 jeff couturier this movie was the best thing that discribes my life 5 stars
10/13/99 Hannah This movie rocked! Amazing actors, a good story and excellent music! 5 stars
7/30/99 Dax A movie that's every bit as good as its soundtrack albums. A+ 5 stars
6/14/99 Dylan I love this film. Great clothes, music, acting, camera-work. Best teen movie ever. 5 stars
5/04/99 Big Dog I like to do drugs while I watch this movie 5 stars
4/19/99 Tim Gilles This is a better movie about marijuana than Friday is. This movie is great. 5 stars
4/11/99 Randall We would do just as well if we were in a bad or something 4 stars
4/10/99 Tristynn I have adored this movie for years..great acting.. funny as hell and a kick ass soundtrack. 5 stars
3/27/99 TJwills Any movie that jump started the careers of Matt McConaughey and ben affleck is fine by me 5 stars
3/07/99 MahKayla This movie was great because it was about partying as a senior and smoking weed!!! 5 stars
3/01/99 Rachel Classic high school flick. Could it be the 90s answer to Fast Times at Ridgemont High? 5 stars
1/24/99 caroline You know what that song's about man? It's about aliens. We're the aliens man. 5 stars
1/11/99 TNT Super dominant male monkey mother fucker! 5 stars
11/25/98 Jack Aster marijuana on 1 refer on 2........ 5 stars
11/25/98 poppy great movie. McCounaghey peaked in this one. Parker Posey at her meanest/sexiest . 5 stars
11/18/98 MinxxDaShorty I like the Washington theory< timmyC this is good for bud values but friday is better> 4 stars
11/12/98 Lord Of The Dunce Much ado about nothing. Just not all that interesting, if historically good. 3 stars
10/23/98 Timmy C Maybe the greatest pot movie ever (this or Friday). 5 stars
10/02/98 wind classic comedy...animal house of the 90's 5 stars
9/28/98 Marty in St.Louis Havent seen this flick...I'd be cooler if ya did........ 5 stars
9/23/98 Maegs Found it ridiculous and vapid. Some characters were interesting---but a London brother? 2 stars
9/22/98 {{{OZ}}} Couldn't dig it. Affleck really pissed me off. Some moments were ok. 3 stars
9/22/98 Nate Dogg C'mon man....what else is more appropriate to watch when you're getting fucked up!? 4 stars
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  01-Jan-1993 (R)
  DVD: 02-Nov-2004



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