DVD/Stream of the Week: DAZED AND CONFUSED

DAZED AND CONFUSED

Rory Cochrane and Matthew McConaughey in DAZED AND CONFUSED

Richard Linklater’s newest movie Everybody Wants Some!! is coming out in theaters, which he describes as a “spiritual sequel” to his coming of age classic Dazed and Confused.  So let’s all go back to the last day of high school in 1976 and refresh ourselves.  All of these high school kids  are up for a massive year-end party, and they are either thinking about or avoiding thinking about the next phase in their lives.  It all adds up to the defining coming of age film for its generation.

Linklater is the master of coming of age (Boyhood) and coming of age in relationships (the Midnight trilogy).  In Dazed and Confused the most unforgettable – and cautionary – character is Wooderson; as played with sheer genius by Mayygew McConaughhey, Wooderson is the one character who aggressively embraces NOT coming of age – kind of a shady, dissolute Peter Pan.

Dazed and Confused is known for launching McConaughey’s career,   as well as unleashing indie fave Parker Posey as a Mean Girl of uncommon enthusiasm.  This was Ben Affleck’s first main role, although his character is more of a one-dimensional bully, and doesn’t hint at his future success as an Oscar-winning screenwriter or major movie star.  The rest of the cast includes then-newcomers Milla Jovovich, Adam Goldberg, Joey Lauren Adams and Jason London.  I especially enjoy the turns by Wiley Wiggins and the hilarious Rory Cochrane (Black Mass).

Dazed and Confused is available to rent on DVD from Netflix and to stream from Amazon Video (free with Amazon Prime), iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play and Flixster.

Parker Posey in DAZED AND CONFUSED

Parker Posey in DAZED AND CONFUSED

 

Dazed and Confused is available to rent on DVD from Netflix and to stream from Amazon Video (free with Amazon Prime), iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play and Flixster.

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One Response to DVD/Stream of the Week: DAZED AND CONFUSED

  1. Carmen Figueroa says:

    Hi. I have not seen Dazed and Confused yet so I can’t comment. However, I remember you recently posted about Demolition and just wanted to say I loved it! It was a little (or a lot) different, but I really reacted emotionally to it which does not happen often. I thought it was well done, the story different and fresh, and the acting very good.
    Just wanted to share.

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