Dazed and Confused

I'm baffled when people tell me that this is their favorite movie of all time. Of course, one's opinions are one's opinions, but I'm stumped at what exactly makes this film so special. All it really does is follow the exploits of the incoming freshman and the newly-appointed seniors at a high school sometime during the mid-seventies. The seniors reflect very little on what they plan on doing with the rest of their lives . . . when they do, it seldom hits me in that profound sort of way . . . rather, they spend most of the time scouting out freshman to smack on the behind with a paddle (apparently, this was before lawsuits). Oh yeah, they also get drunk a lot and do drugs (mind you, that the drugs are merely a backdrop in this film and not a central figure, so it is inoffensive). Nope, this shouldn't be considered the voice of a generation (especially considering that it is about the 70's made in the 90's) nor a cinematic masterpiece, but rather an enjoyable and sometimes funny piece of nostalgia. Perhaps the 90's generation thought fondly of this film simply because the 70's were seemingly a better time to grow up in. I normally hate Ben Affleck, but I enjoyed him here, because he played a jerk (in other words, I hated him when I was supposed to).

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence

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Starring:

Jason London, Joey Lauren Adams, Milla Jovovovovoich, Shawn Andrews, Rory Cochrane, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Sasha Jenson, Marissa Ribisi, Deena Martin, Michelle Burke, Cold Hauser, Christine Harnos, Wiley Wiggins, Mark Vandermeulen

Directed by:

Richard Linklater

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1993 comedy

Rated R

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Don Ignacio's score: B-

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