Dazed and Confused

This is another film I have been meaning to watch for many years, but never got around to, until last night.

The story is about the last day of high school and junior high school for the school year, and the resulting pranks, hazing, and parties. There was no real story to speak of, it just followed several characters basically over one day and night.

What made this film a very worthwhile watch was the fine acting by the cast, which consisted of a few known faces, as well as many unfamiliar but very talented actors. It was made in 1993 and featured younger versions of Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg (playing his usual self), Posey Parker, and Milla Jovovich.

The direction by Richard Linklater was superb, and there was a rockin’ soundtrack of songs from the era (this was set in 1976).

One of the central mini-themes in the story was about hazing, which for boys involved paddling, and for girls being covered in mustard, tomato sauce, and proposing marriage to boys. Ben Affleck’s character was a bit of a nutjob who delighted in paddling boys.

I will have to check out Richard Linklater’s previous film “Slacker” next, another film I have been meaning to watch.

Date watched: August 30th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2017: 97

Six years ago – The Men Who Stare at Goats

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