Three sentence movie reviews: Dazed and Confused.
During a discussion of Boyhood, my friend mentioned she had never watched Dazed and Confused and we made plans to remedy that situation, pronto. While I had seen this several times in the 90s and early 2000s* it had been a good decade since my last viewing. This time around I found the soundtrack incredibly intrusive,** but I loved the passage of high school knowledge among the “generations”*** and really enjoyed the amount of detail packed into every frame.****
Cost: free via Netflix on demand.
Where watched: at C &M’s with C. M said he would just watch a little, but ended up staying for the whole thing. Good thing too, because he was the one who finally pointed out Renee Zellweger to me.
*I owned it on VHS and lost it when I brought it to my job at Bread and Circus to lend to a friend. He left it on the counter in the Bakery and when he next worked his shift it was gone. Crappy thieving Bread and Circus coworkers. I paid $5.00 for that previously viewed at Blockbuster.
**does EVERY single scene change need to be introduced by another 70s rock classic?
***Senior to sophomore.
****”Is his belt buckle a bong?” C said to me after the famous scene. It was.
This is one of those movies that everyone of my generation seems to love but I hate (like "Reality Bites"). However, it's probably been nearly 20 years since I've seen it, so I would watch it again to see if my feelings have changed. Also, how funny is it that the 70s were so big in the early 90s? I remember whenever we went out to the clubs, half the music was things like "Tootsie Roll" and "I Wanna F**k You Like an Animal" and the other half was "Brickhouse" and "YMCA." Or maybe that was just in the Midwest.
Oh Reality Bites! I only loved that because I had a Troy Dyer boyfriend. And it hasn't aged very well. This has, though.
I think the minus 20 years thing is pretty normal. Or 20-30 years. There's a reason Happy Days (about the 50s) was popular in the late 70's-early 80s. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw show about the early-to-mid 90s very soon. Sigh. Promos for Happy Days used to say, "Remember the 50s?" And soon they will say, "Remember the 90s?" as if the 90s was such a far-off time.
I remember watching this with you at your house. Likely that actual now stolen VHS tape. I bet it would be fun to star spot, as I believe that some many of the actors from the movie are now rather famous.
Another fun part with watching it with Christi who had never seen it before was that when Ben Affleck pops out of his car she said, "No way!" and I said, "Yep. EVERYONE is in this movie!"