Dazed and Confused Movie Poster
  • Released
  • September 16, 1993
  • R, 1 hr 43 min
  • Drama
  • 480 Fan Ratings

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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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  • Drinking & drugs
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