Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused (1993)

Written and directed by Richard Linklater

Stars: Jason London, Joey Lauren Adams, Milla Jovovich, Shawn Andrews, Rory Cochrane, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Sasha Jenson, Marissa Ribisi, Michelle Burke, Cole Hauser, Wiley Wiggins, Parker Posey, Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey

After a long, boring day of work, it's nice to come home to watch a good movie. Thank you, Richard Linklater for making this movie for me to watch. I wanted to watch this movie for the longest time. I have seen a sliver of the beginning of the movie and that was it. This movie makes me nostalgic for those fleeting days of high schools.

Taking place on the last day of high school in Texas, the movie celebrates the days were you could be completely fucked and you could still have a good time. There is a cast of almost of thousand people in this film. It has multiple plots with Randall (London) trying to decide if he wants to be on the football team when the coach went the players to sign anti-booze and drug policy. There is one when upcoming freshman, Mitch Kramer (Wiggins) trying to stay away from the hazing from O'Bannion (Affleck) and Benny (Hauser).

I don't know how can I explain it. There is something about this movie that makes me wish that I could relive my high school years and cherish them more than a distant memory. People in that situation want to get out so bad, but they don't realize what they are messing out when they have to go out into the real world. I wish I had a time machine to take me back to my high school years. I would have done a lot of things differently like not goofing off in class, getting failing grades, be more social, make more lasting friendships and all that.

This is a movie that I want to own and treasure for its simple beauty. I loved it that much.

My Rating


  1. Good review Branden. There's a lot of "high talk" going on here that may bother some viewers, but intrigued and entertained the hell out of me since this is still how people talk today. Definitely one of Linklater's best and a great film to just listen to.

    1. I love the "talking" in the movie. There was a speech that surprised me about George Washington and fields of ganja. Awesome.

      Also, the belt buckle bong was fucking awesome. Fucking awesome!