Reelz’s review published on Letterboxd:
Film #14 of Eighty-Eight Favorites
Dazed and Confused has made me wish that I was alive during the 70's. I probably wouldn't have participated in the drinking and pot smoking (as I don't do now) but I would have just liked to spend time with individuals that are similar to the characters in the film. I'd like to chill out with Pink, Wooderson, and even Slater because they all seem so genuine and cool.
That's exactly what Dazed and Confused is: cool. It's a very well made film with nothing to show for a story but that's really the entire point; it's a film that's just meant to be fun and pointless. I mean, the characters in the film implement themselves in activities that are fun and pointless, right?
A very major positive about Dazed and Confused is the soundtrack. I love the soundtrack. It invokes greats such as Alice Cooper, War, ZZ Top, and Black Sabbath. The one song that gets to me is Skynyrd's "Tuesday's Gone", especially when it starts playing near the film's conclusion.
I think a big reason that Dazed and Confused works for me is because it hits a little close to home in terms of moving on from my life in high school. I had a great amount of friends in high school and moving on from them was bittersweet. The end of Dazed and Confused brought back these feelings and it made me appreciate the film even more. I know I wasn't born in the 70's (hell, the film was made a year before I was born) but it would be cool to go back in time and see if life really flowed this way; I would have liked to live back then instead of now.
Dazed and Confused is cool, funny, and, most importantly, genuine. It brings back a great amount of feelings and memories of my life in high school that will remain with me forever. I'm just glad I was able to experience them again with an outstanding assortment of characters.