Director: Richard Linklater
Writer: Richard Linklater
Holy shit Matthew McConaughey in this. He has in recent years proven without a doubt that he just wants really easy jobs for big fat paychecks (not that there is anything wrong with that). But his brief role in this as local town hero/sleezball David Wooderson is far away the best thing he will ever do with his life. I don’t care what he says in the press about his son or his wife or whatever this movie is it. Just a perfect role for him.
I revisit this every couple of years and I enjoy it more and more every time but always wonder if all that paddling thing was really happening. I mean I assume its based on something real but I just can’t imagine guys running around on a Friday night trying to spank 13 year olds in present day. The way in which they obsess over it instead of going to a party and having fun is somewhat disturbing to me.
Certainly not a plot movie but just a slice of life/coming of age one. You either go with it and appreciate the characters and laid back sense of humor or you don’t. I don’t think I really went with this movie the first time I saw it, I guess I was expecting typical sex comedy/stoner type jokes, but as I have gotten older and seen more of Linklater’s work I have grown to realize there doesn’t have to be a formula to these types of films. Linklater is too interested in being personal and honest to worry about setup/punchline jokes and shit humor. More an independent spirited take on those types of movies.
I own the Criterion Collection DVD and it is definitely worth the price. It is a two disc set loaded with extra features and just from the packaging alone you can see a lot of care went into it. Just look at the lame and boring poster above compared to it and you will see what I mean.