Review: Dazed and Confused
Director: Richard Linklater
By Sarah Stopforth
Writer/director Richard Linklater’s brilliant cult classic Dazed and Confused (1993) created one of Matthew McConaughey’s most famous catch phrases, ‘alright, alright, alright’.
This story chronicles the last day of school in a Texan town in May of 1976, and is not simply a “stoner comedy” but a story as old as time: a reminder not to take school too seriously and to just have a good time!
Named after the Led Zeppelin song of the same name, Dazed and Confused has left a considerable mark on the world. Even Quentin Tarantino himself called it the tenth best film of all time.
The best thing, I feel, after watching this film, is that stereotypes still exist, such as the American high school stereotypes of jocks, nerds, stoner dudes, popular girls, freshmen. This movie shows how such stereotypes not only co-exist, but they mingle, and the characters come to respect their differences and form friendships despite them.
So, as McConaughey would also say, “Just keep livin’. L-I-V-I-N.”