Back to School 2023: Dazed and Confused (1993)
Director: Richard Linklater Run Time: 103 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1993
Starring: Jason London, Joey Lauren Adams, Matthew McConaughey, Milla Jovovich, Rory Cochrane
Country: United States
About the film:
This critically acclaimed cult favorite, written and directed by Richard Linklater (2003’s The School of Rock), explores the last day of school – and one wild night – in the lives of high school students in 1976.
Randall Floyd, who moves easily among stoners, jocks and geeks, is a star athlete, but he also likes smoking weed, which presents a conundrum when his football coach demands he sign a “no drugs” pledge.
Complete with bongs and bell bottoms, macrame and mood rings, and featuring classic rock music by Aerosmith, Black Sabbath and KISS, this superb ensemble cast of up-and-comers (Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Parker Posey and Milla Jovovich) delivers an enduring film that Rolling Stone called “spectacularly funny!” 1976 was a time they’d never forget… if only they could remember…
About the filmmaker:
Richard Linklater is an influential American film director, producer, and screenwriter whose bold anti-narrative approach to storytelling explores the subtleties of everyday life and the passage of time. His films have screened at Sundance, Venice, Berlin, Tribeca, SXSW, and other major film festivals. Filmed over 12 years, his feature film Boyhood (2014) received universal praise and earned Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.
Among many other acclaimed films, Linklater directed the era-defining breakthrough Slacker (1990), the “Before” trilogy – consisting of Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), and Before Midnight (2013) – comedies Dazed and Confused (1993) and School of Rock (2003), the remake Bad News Bears (2005), dark satire Fast Food Nation (2006), and animated features Waking Life (2001), A Scanner Darkly (2006), and Apollo 10 1⁄2: A Space Age Childhood (2022). His latest feature Hit Man (2023) is set to premiere at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival and the 80th Venice International Film Festival.See our upcoming films