Dazed and Confused is a 1993 American coming-of-age comedy film written and directed by Richard Linklater. The film features a large ensemble cast of actors who would later become stars, including Jason London, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Cole Hauser, Parker Posey, Adam Goldberg, Joey Lauren Adams, Matthew McConaughey, Nicky Katt, Renée Zellweger and Rory Cochrane. The plot follows different groups of Texas teenagers during the last day of school in 1976.
One of the talking-points of this film is the seamless use of the variety of characters and scenes used in this film. In total there's about 16 main characters that the movie "follows", and while there are cliches (like one would expect at a High School) the characters all have a unique flair that makes them stand out at just the right moments. In addition to this, the characters' have stories that are all woven together (I mean, they all do go to the same high school) in ways that seem natural and don't feel forced or out-of-touch with reality.
It's not very often that i bring up the music in this review, but the free spirited tone of this movie is elevated by the soundtrack; It embraces the mood of the 70s (the setting of the film) and includes hits like 'School's Out", "Rock and Roll All Nite", and "Slow Ride". Some people may consider these tunes to be 'overrated' given their popularity, but these songs encourage the audience to do exactly what the characters are doing: and that's living life one day at a time and remembering to enjoy it while you're at it.
I have very little complaints about this film; if anything, the acting left much to be desired and at times was rather jerky or akward. On that same note, however, it added a little hint of authenticity when you consider the fact that this is a movie about the shenangians teeangers (again, teenagers) involve themselves in from a perspective that is raw and grounded (amongst other things).
A film that doesn't take itself too seriously and is just entertaining for the sake of being so: I would recommend!