Dazed and Confused | Chicago Reader

Dazed and Confused

Belonging to an international trend that might be called the plotless examination of bored teenagers, Richard Linklater's third feature (1993) begins right after the end of spring term in 1976; a lot of the stupidity it lingers over and criticizes (though nostalgia a la American Graffiti threatens to overwhelm the critique) has to do with the brutal hazing of junior high school kids by juniors and seniors. I enjoyed some performances (especially by Wiley Wiggins and Rory Cochrane) but hankered after the precise sense of place and the elliptical treatment of character that gave Linklater's Slacker some of its distinction; here one learns enough about the characters to realize how little Linklater knows about them, and so little about the location (despite the Texas license plates) that one often feels stranded in Anywhere, USA. What survives is a better-than-average teen movie but not much more, at least if you aren't a member of Linklater's generation. With Jason London and Milla Jovovich.

Credits

Director:

  • Richard Linklater

Cast:

  • Jason London
  • Wiley Wiggins
  • Sasha Jenson
  • Rory Cochrane
  • Milla Jovovich
  • Marissa Ribisi
  • Adam Goldberg
  • Anthony Rapp
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Ben Affleck

Producers:

  • Richard Linklater
  • Sean Daniel
  • James Jacks

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