For this installment of What Ever Happened to? In the hectic, cliquish world of high school, most can identify with Mitch at some point in their lives. At least Slater calls it out, even if half-heartedly. He also comes from old-school acting stock - his father is the late, great Roy Jenson, a venerated character actor who was in everything from Red Dawn to Chinatown. Queen of the approachable high school girls in Dazed and Confused is sophomore Julie Simms, who takes an instant liking to Mitch Kramer when they first meet at the Emporium.
Mark Vandermuelen. Catherine Morris as Julie Simms. Jeremy Fox as John Hirschfelder. Matthew McConaughey as David Wooderson. Zoe Grief. Don Phillips. Autumn Barr as Stacy. Zack Taylor as 1st Geek. Pricilla Kinser. Esteban Powell as Carl. Erika Germinder.
Kim Krizan as Ms. Heidi Cole Trenbath. Julius Tennon as Mr. Doug Taylor as Cop 1. John L. Martin as 2nd Cop. Erika Geminder as Freshman Girl. Mona Lee Fultz as Mrs. Zeke Mills as Old Timer. Fred Lerner as Guy with Pistol.
Diane Perella as Sabrina's Mom. Parker Brooks as Kyle Eschenbrenner. David Blackwell as Liquor Store Clerk. Cathleen Cunningham as Pickford's Mom.
Richard Dillard as Pickford's Dad. Kim Arnette Krizam. Joey Lauren Adams as Simone Kerr.
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View All Critic Reviews Jun 19, Definitely bizarre and satisfying to see where today's middle-aged movie legends got their start. In past years, I've developed a respectful though sometimes lukewarm liking of Linklater's existential walky talk, and I feared that a movie about high school stoners would feel sophomoric and the filmmaking skills raw, as evidenced by what I assumed to be clumsy editing of the same floppy-haired dude into nearly every scene of the opening montage.
However, upon subsequent reflection, I found the movie deeper than its billing and iconic catchphrases and realized that the editing was to show how protagonist Pink gets along with every clique. The characters go through a shared odyssey of sorts. In the course of one day, they walk the line between cool and not, ultimately finding the selves to which they wish to be true - a fitting tribute to all the seminal summer breaks before the best years of our lives. Alice S Super Reviewer.
May 09, Dazed and Confused successfully radiated the high school vibe. Neat flick. All right, all right, all right.
Maymay A Super Reviewer. Mar 12, Richard Linklater is one of those directors that consistently delivers fresh and original material yet somehow remains a filmmaker with a lower profile. His projects certainly gain the respect they deserve but they never really go over and above that in terms of awards. He's always been innovative and has adopted some daring approaches to filmmaking with the likes of his free-form indie debut "Slacker", the expansive "Before Sunrise" trilogy, the philosophical "Waking Life" and it's rotoscope animated companion piece "A Scanner Darkly".
Even his forthcoming "Boyhood" - a 12 year project following a boy's journey from 5 to 18 years old - is a feat that few, if any, directors have tackled. However, one of his most poignant and entertaining escapades happens to be the mosaic "Dazed and Confused".
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It was largely ignored upon it's release but has since gained a strong cult status. And for very good reason. The year is and it's the last day of high school in a small Texan suburbia. Everyone's up for a party and in search of booze and drugs but first, the incoming freshmen must go through some embarrassing initiation rituals organised by the senior students, who take great pleasure in putting the youngsters in their places.
Much like his aforementioned and experimental approach to "Slacker", Linklater doesn't have a lot going on narratively. He's fully aware of this, however, and acts only as a mere vessel in allowing his actors the space to breathe and run free in their roles.
That being said, there's still a complete focus here and the result is far more solid and entertaining than his debut. It's not often I'll praise a film for it's lack of narrative but in the case of "Dazed and Confused" it's the characterisation that leads the way and each and every one of the actors really shine; Wiley Wiggins is our young guide throughout this turbulent time for teenagers as he falls into a friendship with the senior students on his last day of freshman year and Linklater astutely captures a whole myriad of teenage angst and the carefree emotions of a disaffected youth.
Let's not forget that this was only Linklater's second film and it wasn't just him that was finding his way, but also the impressive cast that he put together. Largely unknown at the time of the film's release, many of the actors would go on to become part of the Hollywood firmament.
We get well judged performances from all sorts of high school types; from Jason London and his jock pals Sasha Jenson and Cole Hauser to Rory Cochrane's stoner, Adam Goldberg's nerd and Ben Affleck, playing one of his most unlikeable characters, as the school bully.
The most memorable from the entirely great ensemble, though, is a small but dynamic and scene stealing role for Matthew McConaughey as the older guy who refuses to grow up and move on. Outwith the performances, Linklater also has a keen eye for capturing the 70's setting in all it's flair and hair and taps perfectly into the tone of the era. It's a nostalgic look back at daunting initiations, rebellion and the agonising awkwardness of adolescence and it's told with an affectionate wit and charm.
I may not have went to an American high school or got involved in tanning some freshman ass with a pre-made baton but the energy and love for this poignant time really shines through and still operates at a level that will appeal to everyone who has any memory at all of their school experiences or peer pressure. Sharing much in common with George Lucas' "American Graffiti" or Greg Mottola's more contemporary "Superbad", this is a funny and insightful coming-of-age contemplation.
Linklater has delivered some wonderful film's over the years and I'm sure he'll continue to do so but, so far, this is his best film to date. It's absolutely superb. Mark Walker. Mark W Super Reviewer. Jan 08, A hilarious and very fun look at the lives of high school students inDazed and Confused illustrates the mood of the time in an energetic but unsentimental way.
The movie doesn't try to tell a powerful, emotional story; it exists to commemorate the rock n' roll mentality of youth in the '70s, and it does so near flawlessly. The two actors that stand out especially are Rory Cochrane as Slater, the resident pot-head who at one point discusses George and Martha Washington's pot farm, and Matthew McConaughey as Wooderson, the blonde-haired and mustached twenty-something who still hangs out with high school students.
The movie doesn't have a singular plot, but is rather a portrait of one eventful night on which the characters drink, smoke, and listen to loud music. It seems almost impossible not to like or appreciate the movie at least a little, and as a celebration of the '70s, Dazed and Confused succeeds in a big, thoroughly enjoyable way.
Joey S Super Reviewer. See all Audience reviews. Slater: Are you cool, man? Mitch Kramer: Like how? Slater: Okay. O'Bannion: Oh you didn't hear? I got a shotgun pulled on my ass! Kevin Pickford: Walkin' down the hall, by myself, smokin' a jay with fifty elves. Kevin Pickford: Don, give the beer back, man! Don Dawson: I paid for the beer, man.
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I graduated in from a high school in North Dallas and this entire movie is so spot on it's scary. It is my favorite film. I've seen it hundred's of times and every time it's like watching it for the first time. Only someone that was there and lived through those days could have directed such a movie. Starting that car up, listening to the roar of that engine and burning out in 1st gear while in a thick cloud of blue smoke in front of the high school at 3PM while wasted I feel sorry for the teenagers today that drive the limp wrist fluffs of metal that pass themselves off as cars these days.
I was a stoner like Pickford smoking weed non-stop. Some mentioned that the heavy drug use was not too common. Well, at our school it was beyond common. Before school, during school in the bathroom and football field and after school.
Our school had a smoking area outside the cafeteria where everyone went to light up. The opening scene with Aerosmith "Sweet Emotion" slowly building up and Pickford driving his Goat and girlfriend in the school parking lot kills me every time. I cannot imagine a better opening scene for the movie. That was pure genius. The funny thing is Linklater did not show getting licks from the coach or the principal. For all the "uninitiated" back then all a coach or an asst.
Our coach had a paddle he personally made that he kept on his wall over his desk.
It had about 30 holes drilled in it and it was covered in black electrical tape! When that one came down you knew it! Now with all the PC people coach would go to jail for "assaulting the poor boy" Hell, back then it was called character building.
As I remember from the 7th grade on licks were given out. The soundtrack. Best ever. Head East was a nice touch. Every time I listen to that soundtrack I remember things I have not thought about in 25 years. The man that portrayed Pickford's dad was dead on.
Accent, demeanor along with the big caddy and the tennis playing wife in the mini-skirt and puffed up hair. That is another point I must dispute.
Maybe at their school in their town of or their strict upbringing but at our junior high and high school the freshman and younger girls were pretty wild. I mean really "wild"! This is coming from someone who "lost it" at So insinuating things about a 15 or 16 year old freshman is pretty tame. There is something about this movie that pulls me back over and over again. It's hard to describe.
I'm not sure what it is. Am I a Wooderson that enjoys reminiscing? Am I someone that prefers simpler times? Was there something magical in the air back in ? The country was celebrating years of freedom.
Jason LondonPink. Feb 10, Directed by Richard Linklater. With Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey, Rory Cochrane. The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May /10(K). Like George Lucas' American Graffiti, Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused is an affectionate look at the youth culture of a bygone era. While Lucas took aim at the conservative 's 92%.
Now within the last 30 years it seems that most of those freedoms have been slowly whittled away with and all that is left is a former shell of the old. Especially after The best scene? The cockiness of Woods, the mellow Pink and the innocence of Mitch. Put that scene on slow motion and study their faces and the reaction shots of their peer's faces as they acknowledge their presence.
Your own personal time machine if only for an hour and a half. Slip the DVD in, turn the lights down low, take a couple good strong hits and wash them down with a few Tallboys. Use your imagination and for the briefest of time you are back in I wish they made more movies like this instead of the sugar coated pablum coming out of Hollywood nowadays. Remember this? If you do then Dazed and Confused is right up your alley. Sign In. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends.
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