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Richard Linklater’s unclassifiable Sundance breakthrough presents a day in the life of a loose-knit Austin, Texas, subculture populated by eccentric and overeducated young people. These characters, who in some manner just don’t fit into establishment norms, move seamlessly from one scene to the next, randomly in and out of one another’s lives. Highlights include a UFO buff who adamantly insists that the U.S. has been on the moon since the 1950s, a woman who produces a glass slide purportedly containing Madonna’s pap smear, and an old anarchist who sympathetically shares his personal philosophy with a robber. Shooting on 16mm for a mere $3,000, writer-producer-director Linklater and his crew of friends threw out any idea of a traditional plot, choosing instead to create a tapestry of over a hundred characters, each as compelling as the last. Slacker is a prescient look at an emerging generation of aggressive nonparticipants, and one of the key films of the American independent film movement of the 1990s.
Director Richard Linklater | 1990 | In English | 97 minutes | R (for language) | Blu-ray