Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused
Dazed and Confused
  • R
  • 1h 42m
  • 1993
Certified Fresh91%
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This critically acclaimed cult favorite, written and directed by Richard Linklater (The School of Rock), explores the last day of school - and one wild night - in the lives of high school students in 1976. 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...

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh91%
Critics Consensus: Featuring an excellent ensemble cast, a precise feel for the 1970s, and a killer soundtrack, Dazed and Confused is a funny, affectionate, and clear-eyed look at high school life.
Variety Staff

The teenage wasteland, 1976-style, of Dazed and Confused is smack-dab between The Brady Bunch and...

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Tom Charity

Seriously funny, and shorn of any hint of nostalgia or wish-fulfilment, this is pretty much where...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Edgy coming-of-age tale has underage drinking and drug use.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know Dazed and Confused is a 1993 coming-of-age story by writer-director Richard Linklater (Slacker, Before Sunrise, and Boyhood) that is all about sex, drugs, rock-and-roll, powerlessness, and violence. On the last day of school, with the seeming approval of the entire adult community, incoming high school seniors sadistically haze next year's incoming freshman. When caught, the younger kids are subjected to painful and humiliating paddlings, and it's difficult to view the assailants as anything but vicious thugs learning to inure themselves to violence and nurturing a culture of self-perpetuating and continuing cruelty. While the film was hailed by some in the '90s as one of the best comedies of that decade, now the obliviousness of the violence feels a bit too reminiscent of recent, anger-fueled mass killings at airports, schools, and nightclubs to be funny. The setting is 1976 suburban Houston, Texas, when drinking at 18 was legal, but those legal drinkers drive cars and commit vandalism. Expect to see 14-year-olds drink, as well. Marijuana is bought, sold, and smoked, and boys talk about the availability of promiscuous girls. Teens kiss. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and "hell."

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:September 23, 1993
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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