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28 November 2009

Dazed and Confused

directed by Richard Linklater

I initially disliked this film about the last day of school in 1976 Austin, Texas, but once I had time to get my head right and really contemplate the genius a go-go that is Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, I came to terms with the folly of my judgment. Linklater’s film about high school and the 1970’s is just as applicable to the 1990s, or 80s, or whatever the hell decade you came up in. The 70s references are great in themselves, but what lasts is the way in which Linklater depicts teenagehood (is that the word I am looking for? Well, it is now). The film revolves around Randall “Pink” Floyd (Jason London) and his dilemma about what to do with the promise contract his football coach is making him sign, and Mitch Kramer (Wiley Wiggins) and his struggle to fit in with the older crowd and get revenge on raging dick O’Bannion (a perfect Ben Affleck). Matthew McConaughey puts on the best strut of his career on as Wooderson, the post-grad elder who still digs the high school girls. If I could award Mr. M with a trophy for one of the coolest and definitive career performances of all time, I would bestow a bronzed Aerosmith ticket to his genius. Alright, alright. That’s what I love about Linklater’s stellar film: I get older, it stays the same age.

Keep on L-I-V-I-N

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