50 Indie Movies You Need to See Before You Die

Dazed and Confused (1993)

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Matthew McConaughey, Milla Jovovich, Anthony Rapp, Adam Goldberg, Ben Affleck, Jason O. Smith, Marissa Ribisi, Christine Harnos, Michell Burke, Sasha Jenson, Cole Hauser, Shawn Andrews, Joey Lauren Adams, Parker Posey, Nicky Katt, Renee Zellweger, Esteban Powell

Have you ever wondered what your parents were like back in their high school days? Hopefully not the "senior class tramp" and "the worst varsity athlete on campus." Chances are, if they've ever borrowed one of your Cypress Hill and/or Bob Marley CDs, mommy and daddy were much like the characters in Dazed And Confused, Richard Linklater's look at high school life in the hippie-laden '70s that captures a bygone time period about as authentically as any movie made twenty years after the fact ever could.

With its wide array of memorable characters, this multi-plot comedy never tries very hard to pull laughs from its audience-it simply follows interesting kids doing normal things, albeit hilariously. Dazed And Confused also works on a film geek level, showing the earliest, and ten times funnier, days of now-famous actors like Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey. After watching this, you'll hope that pops was a lot like the latter's character, Wooderson, the king of younger-tail-chasing Zen. —MB

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