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Presents a day in the life in Austin, Texas among its social outcasts and misfits, predominantly the twenty-something set, using a series of linear vignettes. These characters, who in some manner just don't fit into the establishment norms, move seamlessly from one scene to the next, randomly coming and going into one another's lives.
Richard Linklater's Slacker is a film about nothing. People who do nothing. A town that feels like nothing. And yet, I can see why some get angry when others say that there isn't any point to the whole thing.
Basically, that the film has no point is the point. These characters, lost in a state of disillusionment, are living their lives; and Linklater made a movie out of it. And for most of the running time, It's pretty brilliant.
Sure, the film meanders at some points, and some characters are more interesting than others; but the rest is so enthralling that you don't really care.
Linklater is becoming one of my favorite directors, and Slacker is a prime example why.
It says so much about the ultimate destination of Kevin Smith's career that it began when he watched Slacker and felt like it was so tin that it proved he could do the same. Granted, Smith's conception of slacker culture, of people stagnating when they reach their 20s and realize they have no idea what to do and ultimately just bullshitting about Star Wars and sex talk is, on the whole, perhaps more accurate a portrait of youthful wheel-spinning. Linklater's film, on the other hand, is less about a specific generational angst than the collective drain of people of all ages who are just a bit off, who never really got with the program.
"Slacker," then, is more of a…
Richard Linklater's debut shows almost everything he aspired to do with his next films, both technically and in terms of topics covered, Slacker is a real intrinsic and geniune first film from one of the best directors of his generation. If someone had told me that I would actually like to see an infinite number of characters babbling and rambling around for more than ninety minutes, I would not believe it but the truth is that, as time began to pass, this film started to gain my privileged interest.
I wasn't kidding, this film is literally about a bunch of guys who talk and talk and never shut the fuck up, it's a film that's constantly shifting from character to…
A bunch of pretentious, unlikable dicknozzles wander around Austin for 90 minutes talking about stupid stuff.
And I loved it.
I just watched Slacker, then started it over and listened to the commentary. I love this frantic, lazy, wry, clever, weird-ass movie. I love every moment of it.
I love this movie because it makes me want to be a filmmaker. I am a senior in high school, and right now I am in the middle of my biggest film project to date. We are making a documentary. I look forward to shooting it each week. It is insanely fulfilling, challenging, and enjoyable. Every time I have been a part of making a short film, the process has been simply romantic. Even with the fighting on set, the script disagreements, and the painstaking process of editing, the process is magic.…
Richard Linklater's feature debut Slacker, features the walking and talking style made famous in his Before Trilogy of films. In those films it worked for me because the conversations were very interesting and I cared about the characters. Here I just couldn't get into it. It was like how it might be if you could replay all the random conversations you might hear during the course of a day. Some may be interesting while others are boring as shit. This film was like a collection of those conversations and sadly most of them were of the boring as shit variety. Interestingly enough I felt the same way about Before Sunrise the first time I saw it only to love it on a re-watch. So Slacker I guess that means I'll be seeing you again some day.
To stray through the hours of the day, quite not sure what to do, contemplating about life and how it can be is something that is universal to young adults. It is a time of great change, when nothing is steady and the world is an ever changing place. You seem to find the world unfair and without meaning. It is an wallow in mysterious and intangible feelings.
In all of this you find Slacker which personifies that particularly time in the life. Where you just walk around, talk to some people, see what's up in one place before you go away to another.
This film gets better everytime I watch it just because of the laidback atmosphere. I want…
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Richard Linklater's debut film, there's not really a plot to speak of, it's a series of vignettes all about Austin, there are some memorable and strange characters though, the JFK conspiracy theorist, the girl with Madonna's Pap Smear, an aging anarchist. There's also a lot of really weird and bizarre conversations that people have in this film it's very much in the style of Inherent Vice or Big Lebowski but without a central focus of a plot. Normally a film like this would get destroyed by critics because of it's aimless plot, but Linklater makes this film like a tapestry of sorts, it's about people that are marginalized in society because of their strangeness.
I was excited to see this after hearing it was one of the inspirations of Clerks, though after watching I realized Clerks did right everything this film did wrong.
A chronicle of the lives of 20-somethings in Texas seems like it could be interesting, but the over-the-top quirkiness of the majority of characters makes them un-relatable in any way. The few characters you do become interested disappear after a couple of minutes and are never seen again. I think that is the inherent flaw in Slacker, you can't become connected to any character. It is as though you are just a person passing by getting glimpses of these mostly dull, uninteresting people.
If I had grown up in the 80s, maybe this would be slightly more relatable, but alas I did not.
Capturing the strange spirit of Austin life communicated through the unfiltered ramblings of college kids, Richard Linklater's "Slacker" indicates the humanist philosophy, unbridled ambition, and focus on capturing the daily minutia of life that would define his filmography.
Very interesting format, excellent dialog and strong sense of character. Tedious at times and only recommended for people who want to watch non-linear stories with no real conclusion.
I don't usually quote other reviews but darn it Ebert got it perfectly right:
The point is not really what is said, but the tone of voice, the word choices, the conversational strategies, the sense of life going on all the time, everywhere, all over town.
I have such a love hate relationship with this film even though I've seen it like three times I can't even decide what to make of my feelings about it. Ir's still one of my favorite summer movies somehow.
I've pretty much watched all of Linklater's films and I recently stumbled upon a video interview with a lot of directors who made great films last year and I was so utterly fascinated by their conversation about how their carrers began that I had to take a look at Slacker which is one of the firsts from Linklater.
Slacker takes place in Texas and it just follows these random people, most of them on their twenties. The film focuses a lot on dialogue and it takes a lot of interesting turns but I couldn't relate to any of the characters and found it pretty dull for the most part. It is a wonderful debut and I praise it for the originality, especially in the dialogue as I mentioned before, and the characteristics of most characters but when it was finished I didn't have much to say at all.
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