Orion Classics | Release Date: July 5, 1991
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Universal acclaim based on 16 Ratings
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donaldistJul 1, 2016
80/100
Consistently fascinating and entertaining, which is a coup for a plotless film in which the primary characters change every scene. The nadir of this gimmick is early in the film, when one of the vignettes relies too much on perturbing
80/100
Consistently fascinating and entertaining, which is a coup for a plotless film in which the primary characters change every scene. The nadir of this gimmick is early in the film, when one of the vignettes relies too much on perturbing incident rather than the meandering pseudo-philosophy conversations that make up the rest of the film. Not to worry, as the film makes up for it with hilarious moments like a woman selling Madonna's Pap smear, a guy living in a room full of televisions, and an old man teaching a burglar about the merits of anarchism. And there's a kind of understated sadness to these aimless people, like the kids that steal Pepsis to sell to people, or the Kennedy-assassination theorist who immediately starts talking about Jack Ruby's dog when someone asks how he is. By the end, Slacker has turned into a sort of "portrait of a city film", in this case Dallas, Texas; one feels like they have the complete feel of the weirdest corners of a city they've been to not once.
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Benkoko11Feb 23, 2017
A meandering, hilarious, and ultimately pointless tour of Austin Texas and the lazy souls lost in it - or in other words: a pure Linklater. Raught with rants of conspiracy, anti-establishmentarianism, and existentialism, this foundationalA meandering, hilarious, and ultimately pointless tour of Austin Texas and the lazy souls lost in it - or in other words: a pure Linklater. Raught with rants of conspiracy, anti-establishmentarianism, and existentialism, this foundational piece sets in motion the spirit that occupies his entire filmography. Expand
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