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Dazed and Confused
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Directed By
Richard Linklater

Written By:
Richard Linklater

Cast:
Jason London, Rory Cochrane, Sasha Jenson, Wiley Wiggins, Michelle Rene Thomas, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Parker Posey, Joey Lauren Adams, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Cole Hauser, Matthew McConaughey, Marissa Ribisi, Kristin Hinojosa

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Dazed and Confused (1993)
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Movie Review by AJ
August 10th, 2006

In much the same way that George Lucas' American Graffiti was a nostalgic reminiscing of the passing of the 1960's, so Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused is for the 1970's. There are many superficial similarities between the two films, and while it's nearly impossible to watch Dazed and Confused without conjuring memories of the earlier film, this shouldn't detract from the experience at all. Linklater's script is breezy and authentic, invoking the style of the 70's effortlessly and with great attention to detail. The conversations are hilarious and even meaningful at times, but what's more, they actually sound real. This is how people talk to each other, not stylized movie dialogue. It's this authenticity and earnestness for the mundane that makes Dazed and Confused such a stoned delight, with memorable characters and one of the best soundtracks ever assembled. It's also amazing how authentic the performances are, including some great turns from Jason London, Rory Cochrane, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Joey Lauren Adams, Ben Affleck, and especially Matthew McConaughey (the film's most famous piece of dialogue, McConaughey's priceless, "That's what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.", is also its best). An hilarious, energetic, and poignant look back at a wild decade all encapsulated in the last day of school in 1976.

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Seth C
Aug 10, 2006 1:42 AM
 
One of the greatest films ever made, in my book. Thanks for the review!
AJ
Aug 10, 2006 12:45 PM
 
Any time. ;-)



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