Firstly, I think it's rad that this movie exists and it makes me happy that a movie likes this can get funded and released. I also think the best argument for anarchism that this movie is Rated R.
But, I can't get into this as much as some of Linklater's other stuff. Most of these segments are just monologues and I think I'd be more into actual conversations about these heavy topics. The animation adds a cool surreal quality but…
Richard Linklater doesn't get his due for the influence he's had on the way that mundane stories can be told in extraordinary ways. Linklater definitely paved the way for (or completely influenced) people like Kevin Smith, Mark Duplass, Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow (it's hard to imagine Freaks & Geeks existing without Dazed & Confused).
This movie is amazing, though. These characters feel like you grew up with them and none of them feel cliché or like place holders for more interesting…
This is one of the first "grown up movies" I ever loved that was outside of my wheelhouse at age 13 or so. (That wheelhouse being "Freddy movies" and "slapstick comedies.") I haven't seen it since watching it all day every day for a summer or two at that age, but I'm glad it (mostly) holds up well.
Some of the details have been parodied to death in the years since this came out, which kinda makes it hard to take seriously now after 20 years, but the core of the movie is still powerful and that ending is a punch to the gut.