Richard LinklaterUSA102 minutes1993English
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused continues to captivate audiences for the way it captured the essence of a classic rite of passage: the last day of high school before summer break. The film follows the adventures of a group of teenagers over the course of one day and night in May of '76 as they cruise around and cause trouble for the next school year's incoming freshmen. Known for its seemingly endless shots of muscle cars, high-waisted jeans, and what went on to become Matthew McConaughey's most meme-able quote, Linklater's coming-of-age comedy shifts between smart dialogue and the sound of cars revving, brought together through the crunchy guitar riffs of Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper. Dazed and Confused is a film that will make you long for the freedom of summer, questionable hairstyles, and, most importantly, a good time.