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Slacker (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on September 29, 2004

There’s two ways to look at this movie.  If you think Linklater is mocking these characters, it’s a rather funny satire.  If you think he identifies with them, then it’s pathetic.  I say that with a hint of self-loathing, because I used to be like these guys.  It’s a phase that I think a lot of people of my generation went through… arrogant, annoying, think you know everything, think everything you say is the ultimate in profundity.  Meanwhile you do absolutely nothing except work some shit job (if you work at all) and play in a band and hang around with your friends feeling superior.  I’d like to think Linklater was mocking these people.  But I don’t.  In fact, judging by what I listened to his commentary, he still identified with them.  There are very few characters in this movie I like, most of them irritated the hell out of me.  Maybe I’m getting old and cranky.

I also have to mention that years before this movie came out, I had an idea to do a movie with the exact same story structure, and everyone praises Linklater for being so unique and original.  So I harbor a touch of petty resentment about that.  Rating: 5


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