Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused ★★½

I've heard about Linklater for a while, whether it's his (presumably) fantastic Before trilogy or his coming-of-age movies like Boyhood or Dazed and Confused. So I always thought I'd never seen one of his films until I realized I did watch School of Rock many years ago, a movie that I'm surprisingly fond of.

So diving right into Dazed and Confused, I can definitely see what his style might be: movies that focus on growth and suburbia, a combination that can be a little hit-or-miss with me. And here it's a little bit of a miss, as I have some difficulty connecting to the experiences within. But I appreciate how all sorts of characters weave between groups and mingle (something that surprisingly isn't seen all that often in these movies) and that might be my favorite part of the movie. Most high school cliques aren't actually mutually-exclusive, and often you're part of several at once as you shift between the social expectations in each.

"Well, all I'm saying is that I want to look back and say that I did I the best I could while I was stuck in this place."

And so while my own high school experience was vastly different than the one here, I connect with the fluidity that the main characters possess. Pink is the all-star jock of Lee High, but he's also someone who's friends with many different types; similarly, freshman Mitch is accepted into many circles and his own personal journey is in experiencing them all. I didn't necessarily approach life the way they do, but I think if we were in the same school we could've definitely been friends.

Except for Matthew McConaughey's character, what a fucking creep.

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