Director Richard Linklater follows one slacker after another in this absolutely fascinating film. Linklater throws out the rules of traditional movie-making with this low-budget film shot in Austin, Texas. There is no star, in fact, there is no central character. The camera simply follows one person, who meets and relates to a second person, then follows the second person to a third person and so on. Although the structure appears aimless, it remains thematically in focus throughout, and the film introduces enough interesting characters to fill five movies. The only problem is the length. By the end, the novelty starts to wear off a little bit.
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Slacker (1991) 1080p
Slacker is a movie starring Richard Linklater, Rudy Basquez, and Jean Caffeine. A day in the life of Austin, Texas as the camera roams from place to place and provides a brief look at the overeducated, the social misfits, the...
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Presents a day in the life in Austin, Texas among its social outcasts and misfits, predominantly the twenty-something set, using a series of linear vignettes. These characters, who in some manner just don't fit into the establishment norms, move seamlessly from one scene to the next, randomly coming and going into one another's lives. Highlights include a UFO buff who adamantly insists that the U.S. has been on the moon since the 1950s, a woman who produces a glass slide purportedly of Madonna's pap smear, and an old anarchist who sympathetically shares his philosophy of life with a robber.
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Absolutely fascinatingReviewed byhausrathmanVote: 9/10
I'm really quite into the narrative structure of this movie, the way the focus keeps changing from one character to the next is pretty impressive. The problem however, is that very few of those characters have anything interesting to say or do. There are some entertaining moments in the first half hour, like the scene with the Traumatized Yacht Owner, but for every scene that works there are three that don't and go on forever. That's just a really sucky ratio. Around halfway every scene and every character becomes completely interchangeable and I lost all of my interest. So you have a bunch of guys working on a car, people sitting around a table and discussing philosophy, apparently it's all supposed to make you think. It doesn't, it just bores me. Perhaps I just don't get this movie, but movies like "Clerks" have proved that this type of dialogue film does not have to drag so much. This movie could have worked, but is just not clever enough.
The idea is interesting. Follow a group of slackers interacting with each other and then cut away to new group when new passerbys come on-screen. The problems are in execution.
The point is well-taken after only a few of these interactions and new digressions. But the exercise goes on far too long. This would have worked much better as a movie short. There is nothing new to gain from seeing 40 interactions as opposed to just the first few.
The second problem is that the characters are not interesting. They are all, every single one, simply annoying. They go on at long length about conspiracies, and make many idiotic statements throughout (both young and old), but never offer any new insights. Since all the characters (and there are many) are slackers of one variety or another, it makes it appear that the entire town of full of nothing but weirdos. As a former resident (and student) of Austin in the mid-to-late 80s, I can attest that there are *some* individuals like this, but they are certainly in the minority and not at all representative of the city. The only interesting thing for me was seeing the various Austin locales.