Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Movie review: Dazed and Confused

High School Seniors and incoming Freshmen collide on the last day of school in 1976. Parties, pot, girls and the requisite Freshman hazing are on tap along with the beer.

Jason London (Pink), Joey Adams (Simone), Milla Jovovich (Michelle), Shawn Andrews (Pickford), Rory Cochrane (Slater), Adam Goldberg (Mike), Anthony Rapp (Tony), Marissa Ribisi (Cynthia), Ben Affleck (O'Bannion), Parker Posey (Darla), Matthew McConaughey (Wooderson).

Dazed and Confused is a fun, campy story following High School Seniors and incoming Freshman on the last day of school, May 1976. As the Freshman hazing swings into full tilt and the last day of school celebrations commence, the humor really gets moving. From there the film is a silly, fun journey through teen sexuality, drugs, alcohol, and troublemaking with a few moral and ethical situations thrown in to keep things real.

Acting was amazingly good and fun in this one. London was solid throughout as was Adams. Cochrane was absolutely hysterical while Goldberg showed his acting skills haven't changed in many years. Affleck and McConaughey were both easy to spot with their trademark presentations. The remainder of the well known cast was enjoyable.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nice with a realistic feel throughout. Action scenes and the numerous muscle cars were great to see. Dialogue was campy but fun and kept the film entertaining to the end. Sound was good, and the soundtrack was a delight with some great, appropriate classic rock.

Dazed and Confused is quite simply a lot of fun. Those who came of age in the late 70's or early 80's should enjoy this one quite a bit.

With some mild sexuality and references, violence, hazing, foul language and plenty of drug use, this should be fine for the oldest teens and above.

Released: 1993
Reviewed: 11.4.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Comedy, Late Night Comedy, Cult Comedy

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