60/60 Extra: Dazed And Confused.

I've said in the past that I'm not one to love movies with little plot. I typically need something that pulls the story along, and it can't just be a "day in the life" kind of thing... which is precisely what Dazed and Confused is. But did this one break that mold? The film takes place on the last day of school in May 1976. The main conflicts include Pink (Jason London) not wanting to sign a form for football that means he can't drink or do drugs; a kid named Mitch (Wiley Wiggins) who is moving into his freshman year of high school and is trying to avoid the seniors, but ends up hanging out with them all night; and Mike (Adam Goldberg), Tony (Anthony Rapp), and Cynthia (Marissa Ribisi), who question their inclusion in life as they know it. The film also co-stars Rory Cochran, Joey Lauren Adams, Milla Jovovich, Cole Hauser, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, Matthew McConaughey, and a bunch of people that didn't really become famous.

While I was still moderately bothered with the fact that essentially nothing happens during the hour and 45 minute time span, I still liked the really liked the movie. A lot of the characters come in and out of the story, some more important than others. I do think that there were a handful of unnecessary characters that bogged down the film a little bit, and it could have been slightly more focused in its unfocused...ness.

The acting was solid all around. The iffiest was probably Wiley Wiggins, but I gave that a pass considering he had the most interesting story to me. But on the whole, it's good that the acting held up, as movies like this rely on the actors since there is no real story to drive the film. However, the other best thing that drives this film is the soundtrack. I recently had a discussion with one Kai Parker who declared that this film had one of the best soundtracks ever. Now that I've seen the film, I have to agree. I really loved the soundtrack, and it held the movie together as if it were a character in and of itself. I feel the music was really at the heart of this film.

In the end, it's hard for me to say how I really feel about the movie. It was fun and charming, but the lack of cohesion makes it not my cup of tea. So while I did end up liking it quite a bit, it's not one I can say I would be revisiting over and over. However, I might just have to get the soundtrack, because that is something I could check out frequently. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to be negative or trying to discourage anyone from this film. It's actually really well done. It's just, again, not my favorite type of movie.

I Am McLovin!

(P.S. For the record, I had a tough time choosing between this and a Keanu 'Whoa'. So, needless to say, this is on the higher end of this rating.)


  1. I believe this may go along the same lines as your Goonies post. If you had watched this during high school, it may have had more of an effect on you.

    This movie was the essential film to watch after a huge party. I must had seen it about 15 times in high school. Now, the film holds that extra something for me. I love it.

    By the way, next time you watch it do it with a bottle of liquor and do a shot every time Mitch grabs his nose - you'll be drunk in no time.

  2. Actually, I don't really drink... nor have I ever done drugs... nor did I go to parties while in high school. So I don't think this movie could have really 'spoken' to me at a different time in my life than it would have now.

  3. HAHA, I don't really either. I was just saying.

  4. Actually, it has 2 soundtracks! Get 'em both, though the first is of course better.

    Weird, I could have sworn I already commented on this post and the Goonies one, but I see nothing.

    Anyway, this movie is the shit. I don't give a shit if it doesn't have "cohesion" or a plot you can summarize in 12 words. It's a badass "day in the life" flick, made expertly, authentically and with love for the era and characters and music...and you can just feel it all. I'm surprised that being from Texas didn't have more of an impact on you.

    You should listen to FilmYarn's podcast he did recently on it. Goes way in depth, but is pretty informative, too.


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