Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused ★★★

Dazed and Confused is a typical Linklater creation. The 1970s coming-of-age atmosphere is very well done, but there's no real story buildup, no satisfying plot structure, and no opportunity to grow deep sympathy for any of the characters, also because there are so many different characters.

Dazed and Confused is mainly an ongoing series of stereotypical situations and characters. The film is more like an observation than a narration. It felt like a very long music video to accompany the many 1970s songs that are played throughout the film to thicken the contemporary atmosphere. You can walk away to pee and grab a drink, and when you come back, you haven't really missed anything crucial.

It was fun to see a young Matthew McConaughey as a stoner, but in my humble opinion he's about the only really charismatic actor in the entire film.

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