Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused ★★★★

A fantasy world view of high school and soon-to-be high school youth in the bicentennial summer of 1976 in Austin, Texas pumped up by outstanding acting and writing and driven by a faithful allegiance to the concept that this movie wouldn't be tied down to some specific story, though it has a central character in Pink who is the quarterback of the football team, but would fan out to portray as many characters as it could (and does that) in capturing the last day of school and the big party that follows that night. It definitely features a coming-of-age angle as well in the way it portrays the fear of the initiation felt by the incoming freshmen, boys and girls. But by overcoming that and submitting to the hazing ritual initiation they become part of the group of stoners, jocks, geeks, etc...It's features a multi-generational aspect of soon-to-be ninth graders on up to graduating seniors who all mingle together to form kind of a meeting of the past with the future. The portrayals of the teachers' last day are pretty classic as well. The only aspect that seemed out of place was when the kids trash the school and later go on a vandalism spree. I'm not sure why that was there. But it is at its best with the writing and acting and great ability to choreograph group scenes and capture what it's like for each of them to hang out.

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