Dazed and Confused (1993)

Dazed and Confused

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.

About Jon Watches Movies

My name is Jon and I live in New Jersey. These are the movies I have watched since January 1, 2011.
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