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Slacker [DVD]

Richard Linklater , Rudy Basquez , Richard Linklater    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Linklater, Rudy Basquez, Jean Caffeine, Jan Hockey, Stephan Hockey
  • Directors: Richard Linklater
  • Writers: Richard Linklater
  • Producers: Richard Linklater
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Jan 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007JGNJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,449 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Set over the course of a day in the college town of Austin, Texas, 'Slacker' follows a series of oddball characters as they wander the streets pursuing their own individual obsessions. These range from the eccentric (a man tries to convince every passer-by that the aliens have landed) to the sinister (a boy runs over his mum and then watches old home movies until the police arrive). Together with Douglas Coupland's 'Generation X', 'Slacker' acted as a rallying cry for the twentysomethings in the early 90s who couldn't quite get it together to rally.

From the Back Cover

Slacker--the ground-breaking first film from Richard Linklater, the writer and director of Dazed and Confused.

Slacker (slak'er), n. 1. a person who evades duties and responsibilities;
2. a new generation of young people, primarily cantered around college campuses, that rejects the values of the generation before them;
3. the title of a film directed by Richard Linklater.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strangers die everyday 23 Mar 2000
Format:VHS Tape
With documentary-like realism, experimental art film structure, and a title that became a '90s buzz word, Richard Linklater's brilliant study of the life of idlers has acquired cult status. Eschewing the typical film syntax, he follows a string of characters through a 24-hour period in Austin, Texas, using basically the same camera angle and lens for the length of the movie (with the exception of a brief segment shot in pixlevision). The dialogue acts almost as a monologue, with each scene linked together by one character 'passing the baton' to the next. The cast was made up of crew members and locals (Linklater plays the opening character), and an improvisational overtone provides for many memorable moments (the video backpacker, the JFK buff, and of course the infamous Madonna pap smear). Austin band Ed Hall are seen playing live in a club, and Louis Mackey, Professor of philosophy at University of Texas, has a great role as an old anarchist. After this, Linklater started directing more linear, mass audience-friendly films ("Dazed & Confused," "Before Sunrise," and "SubUrbia") but still kept the stories within a 24-hour time frame. An excellent companion book (including the full movie script) was published in 1992.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The visual equivalent to Generation X 4 Mar 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The DVD appearance of this turn of the decade classic comes just as Writer/Director, Richard Linklater, is finding his feet again with films such as Waking Life and Tape, the former taking much of its philosophical source material from this Houston, Texas based paeon to dropping out. It's an excellent reminder of just how massively popular culture changed in the 90s. Replacing 80s spectacularism with a new sense of insularity, which was enhanced infinitely by the constraints of a tiny budget, Slacker spends five or so minutes each in the company of Houston's Idler community. The characters we encounter are all, in some way, pretty messed up. There's a car thief, an anarchist professor whose dreams of governmental meltdown have caused a minor identity crisis, there's a guy who obsessively collects TVs and leaves them on continually, a bitter 40-something returning from the funeral of his cruel stepfather whose grave he plans to go back and dance on. The monologue by the sci-fi conspiracy theorist is, in particular, a frighteningly funny view of a world gone mad leading to individual insanity.
It could all seem pretty heavy when you also consider Linklater's ethereal approach. The Omnipotent camera floats throughout the city during the course of 24-hours (condensed to a neat 90 or so minutes), picking the most revealing and darkly amusing conversations of the individuals it passes. Once you've had a flavour of one character, it moves on giving us a Scroogesque view of a world that we were already aware of but had never really looked at in a particular context.
What elevates the film above the maudlin, though, is a reassuring ability to laugh at itself. To say, 'look how much we've messed ourselves up - isn't it ridiculous?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full On Idle 28 Mar 2000
When the film "Slacker" opened in 1991, it wasn't long before its director, Richard Linklater, found himself in the spotlight, fielding questions about the generation portrayed in his movie. This enlightening companion book was published a year later and not only addresses some of the media hype surrounding the film, but includes a wealth of additional information, insights, and trivia for fans. There's a brief section on Texas' slacker past, a bit on why Austin was the perfect backdrop for the film, and Linklater describes the ideas that led up to its creation. An early 'roadmap' of the script lays out the basic action of each scene, followed by the full transcription of the final film (which is very handy for quoting the dialogue). There's also actor profiles, providing over 70 entertaining bios of each of the folks who appeared in the movie, as well as a section of notes from the crew. The pages often recall the feel of a fanzine, filled with numerous photos, stills, clip art, and flyers from Austin rock shows and film festivals. The sidebars are peppered with Linklater's diary entries, chronicling the "Slacker" project from the beginning brainstorming stages to the eventual screenings and publicity. All in all, this is a fantastic book for both aspiring directors and devotees of the cult film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique 4 Mar 2008
After watching Slacker and reading the 1 star review I feel compelled to put the record straight.

First off - Slacker is a walk through life at real time. All it represents is the banality of how ordinary we all are. There is no slick plot, no punchline and no point - just like us.

Second off - if you are looking for Hollywood here, you are looking in the wrong place, go and watch exciting unreal alternatives of action and consequence, such as Crash (the recent one). This is a simple film, with porn-quality acting and tape quality so expect no more.

Third - It is unique. An engaging and enjoyable, light hearted film that the open minded, non-glitz, no thrills film-goer should love.

Plain and simple. Just like us.
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