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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.
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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?Read more ›
It's a sunny Texan day sometime in the late 80's (at least some time before the films 91 release) and we follow the lives of a loosely connected slackers around Texas. The film follows a character for a while before deciding that other guy seems more interesting then another character will come into play and the film follows them and so forth and so forth.
We get lots of discussions on topics such as media, philosophy, politics and history from a varied and interesting set of characters most of whom are played by non actors, and while the film has no real over-arching plot its still very watch-able and clearly shows influences from earlier independent American directors such as Jim Jarmusch as well as influencing Kevin Smith to direct CLERKS.
Slacker set the trend for a lot of stuff in the 90's and was hugely influential. It still holds up today and Criterions Blu-ray is a phenomenal presentation including a great looking transfer, three commentaries and a whole bunch of extra stuff including a 16mm short from Linklater. It also has a nifty book included in the packaging as well. Worth a look if you can play region A.
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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I found the reviews highly misleading. This is a very low budget film, and that shows throughout. None of the cast give the impression of being actors, they all seem more like... Read morePublished 3 months ago by tiredoldgit
I thoroughly enjoyed the freewheeling nature of the film, moving from character to character giving us snippets of situations and mini dramas. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mstadrong
As a Linklater fan, I enjoyed this film which seemed ahead of it's time on environmental issues and the state of the world. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lyn Rajah
Highly rated films with no plot usually reward with superior cinematography. This film gives you neither. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Atarimen
I heard that this was done by the same bloke who done the stoner's dream movie dazed and confused,so thinking it would be a good watch due to the seemingly plot less plot with... Read morePublished on 25 April 2014 by Pen Name
Ordered the DVD for my brother for Christmas and as it was an import I thought it would arrive after Christmas, however to my surprise it arrived before. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2014 by Katie Nightingale