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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.
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 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.
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 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 character…
A bunch of pretentious, unlikable dicknozzles wander around Austin for 90 minutes talking about stupid stuff.
And I loved it.
A.V. Club review. Evidently I have a soft spot for movies that amount to a collection of shorts by the same filmmaker (as distinctly opposed to omnibus features)—see also 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould, Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari, etc. Not as raggedy as I'd misremembered, though—Linklater put more care and purpose into each shot than the vast majority of Sundance neophytes manage even today.
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.…
Okay, so I had to watch this in my film class and I was definitely looking forward to it because 1) I want to get into more Linklater and 2) my mom doesn't like it and I love liking the things she hates. (I'm that kind of daughter.)
Anyway, I'm not sure what I imagined this movie would be like but this wasn't that.
This. Movie. Is. Amazing.
I remember seeing bits of that Linklater documentary and how everybody was falling all over themselves because of this movie and now I get it.
Nothing happens in this movie. There is no fucking plot. But the dialogue is just so... juicy. That's the only word I can use for it. The…
A tale from a time when the internet hadn't already taken over the minds of the majority and achieved WORLD DOMINATION.
I do actually feel nostalgia for a time when you had the choice of actually being bored. Now there is zombie country everywhere.
what an annoying movie
This is genuinely a film about nothing, but that is what is interesting about it, it's actually all about the transitional sequences, how the director makes the camera a flanêur who wonders around a town following people. The camera is the main character. And when a character crosses another character's path, the camera changes its focus and starts following somebody else. It is very interesting to watch, in the beginning you kind of get confused because you can't understand the story's connecting path, but once you realize that the film has nothing to do with the story, you just focus on the directing and the camera's act, and you get enticed.
I've never really read this anywhere but I'm convinced that the whole film, in a sense, is built on the idea that has been said by the first character (played by Linklater) the one about that "every choice or decision we make, the things we choose not to do, fraction off and become their own reality, and this reality goes on and on for ever" and that's exactly how the film goes, you see the very action of each character and how it mixes them up with another one, then they take off, and you just stand there not knowing what becomes of them? what becomes of their (reality??) one thing for sure; it just goes on and on for ever.
I think the film is as much as built on this idea as much as it is a social commentary or whatever.
linklater is a genius.
Watching this in 91 must've been something else, but watching it now is still a bit of a shock to the system. A landmark piece of unfettered, free filmmaking. A cinema of following and wandering. A cinema of community. In short: this rules.
Interesting characters, fascinating discussions, pretty cool or whatever, I don't know
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UPDATED: September 30, 2016
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