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Dazed and Confused Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    What Linklater does exceptionally well is open the door on an era seventeen years in the past. This is 1976, from the music and the people and their attitudes. You'd have to climb into a time machine to get a better view...However, this is light entertainment -- nothing groundbreaking or even especially noteworthy.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is a good film, but it would not cheer people up much at a high school reunion.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    For a while, I resented the sexist, cruel behavior in the film, much of it revolving around the hazing of underclassmen. But gradually, I saw the movie turn into a brash expose of stupid adolescent traditions. [24 Sept 1993]

  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    The "Age of Innocence" oozes anthropological dazzle, but Dazed and Confused may some day rate its own Smithsonian showings for clinically re-creating the High School Experience 1976. [20 Sept 1993]

  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Ty Burr

    From the opening shot of a burnt-orange GTO cruising a high school parking lot to the strains of Aerosmith's ''Sweet Emotion,'' Richard Linklater's film nails mid-'70s adolescence so precisely that you'll need Clearasil by the end credits.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Plenty of drug use with very little consequence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie features drug use and petty vandalism with little consequence. Overindulgence in alcohol leads to a fistfight, and overindulgence in pot-smoking leads to stupidity, but casual use of both results in an alluring sense of camaraderie.

  • Families can talk about the deleterious effects of drug and alcohol use not depicted in the film. Where are Randall and Mitch likely to be 5 or 10 years after the close of this movie? How often do high school kids party like this? What has changed since the 1970s, in terms of the enforcement of drug laws and our knowledge of the long-term effects of drug and alcohol use?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Meanness is frowned upon, being laid-back rewarded.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A fist-fight, several paddlings, and gun fired.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Several references to sex.

  • language false5

    Language: Frequent cursing.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: The soundtrack is as popular as the film.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Extensive use of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana with little negative effects.