Slacker

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Released 1991

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Director:
Richard Linklater
Released:
1991
Rating:
R

Slacker is a 1991 independent film directed by Richard Linklater, showing a day in the life of several slacking twenty-somethings. The film follows characters from one conversational scene to another. The camera focuses on the main speaker, then follows the speaker to the next scene, where a new character starts a new conversation. None of the characters have names, they just play parts. Taxi Driver (Rudy Basquez), Get-Away-Accomplice (Jack Meredith), Road Kill (Jean Caffeine) and Should Have Stayed at Bus Station (director, Richard Linklater), are a few of the characters with more than 90 others in the film. A favorite character phrase is "there's nothing going on", and so the film progresses. Topics of conversation include UFOs, JFK, Scooby-Doo and everyday matters. Made by Linklater for a mere $23,000 with a cast of 100 unknown actors around downtown Austin, Texas, this film made a critical and creative splash on the film industry and received nominations for both the Independent Spirit Award and Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury prize.

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  • 91

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The movie never loses its affectionate, shaggy-dog sense of America as a place in which people, by now, have almost too much freedom on their hands.

  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle Edward Guthmann

    If they weren't so funny and real, and if Linklater hadn't done such a good job in writing their dialogue and casting them, their lack of ambition might seem depressing, and the mo...

  • 75

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Once you're onto its wavelength (it doesn't take long), Linklater's passing parade starts to ring true. [15 Aug. 1991, p. 5D]

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Comedy, Drama

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Cult, Classics