Fashionable Cult Film Classics: "Dazed and Confused"

May we suggest: Dazed and Confused (1993)

Starring: Parker Posey, Jason London, Adam Goldberg, Milla Jovovich, a super young Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck, long before they opted out of more challenging fare for those easy Rom-Com paychecks.

Check it out if you like: Pineapple Express, Adventureland, The Breakfast Club

In a tweet: It’s the last day of school in 1976. Incoming Junior High students get hazed, outgoing seniors wreak havoc, everyone else gets stoned, and gets contemplative.

Review: This is a movie you can return to at any time in your life, in any mood. Just as engrossing on the ninth viewing as the first. If you love coming-of-age fare, Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused” is the penultimate example, a sweet, stoner-y valentine to all the youthful ennui and frustration that makes adolescence so comi-tragic. Unlike numerous other films about teens, this one never undersells a single character.  The traditional archetypes are all there–nerdish intellectuals, stoners, football players, doe-eyed freshmen, fifth year seniors, but when school’s out, none of it matters. The title isn’t so much a reference to the drug use in the film (which is comparatively moderate) as it is to the film’s lingering sentiment: that high school isn’t just about being horny or high all the time, even when it SO is.

If you love it: Try Linklater’s next film, “Before Sunrise”, or his more hyper-intellectual fare like “Waking Life”.

The fashion:  Straddling the line between the hippied-out 60s and the conservative 80s. Parker Posey is a catty prepster who rocks tube socks, short shorts, and Mexican-inspired tunics. Milla Jovovich is a little 70s uber-hippie who wears tanks, fringed vests, beaded headbands, and is never seen in the film without acoustic guitar in hand. The film takes place in Texas, so there’s also plenty of cowboy boots, big shiny belt buckles, and rockin’ men’s fashions as well! For an inspiration page of “Dazed and Confused”-inspired ModCloth fashions, click here!

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  1. Richard 01/12/2010 at 6:05 pm #

    Such a cool concept! I can’t wait to read more!!!!

  2. Hannah 01/12/2010 at 6:22 pm #

    Wow, I’m so impressed with how your set this up! Great work :-).

  3. Alyson 01/12/2010 at 6:26 pm #

    “You know what I love about high school girls? I get older, but they stay the same age.”

    When I go home to Austin, I looooove driving by some of the places where this was filmed (because it was filmed in Austin Texas, ya’ll knew that right?)

    One of my favorites that I never get tired of watching… ever!

  4. Katie 01/14/2010 at 8:02 pm #

    Surprised to read the words “stoner-y” and “horny” on ModCloth! Kinda uncharacteristic of you guys…

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