Film 320 in the ‘1001 Films to See Before You Die’ challenge is 1991’s “Slacker”. Directed by Richard Linklater, this comedy drama, according to Wikipedia, has no plot! However, IMDB says this film is about “A day in the life of Austin, Texas as the camera roams from place to place and provides a brief look at the overeducated, the social misfits, the outcasts and the oddballs.” Well then… This film is shit! Once again we have characters with no names. Linklater’s character is called “Should Have Stayed at the Bus Station”. Then you have “Hit-and-Run Son”, “Questions Happiness”, “Has Change” and Has Faith in Groups”. Second, there’s just no flow to the film. One minute we’re with Linklater boring both me and a random taxi driver by comparing his dreams to scenes in The Wizard of Oz then the next minute we’re watching a guy play a movie for his Mr Potato Head dolls. I know they’re meant to be characters related to the plot but none of them are likeable. Overall, I hated this film and will not remember what I saw within the next hour. I lasted 14 minutes before I fell asleep. Fun Fact – This film would inspire Kevin Smith to direct his first film. That film was… “Clerks”. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1991’s “Slacker”
Film – Slacker
Year – 1991
Director – Richard Linklater
Written by – Richard Linklater
Staring – Richard Linklater, Rudy Basquez, Jean Caffeine
IMDb Rating – 7.1/10
My Rating – ZZZZZ
Length – 95 min (1h 35min)
Genre – Comedy, Drama
So… No one has a name in this film…. GREAT!!!
We open with a man sat on a bus travelling through Austin, Texas
We then find Linklater boring a taxi driver about dreams
Sorry! Linklater’s name is “Should Have Stayed at the Bus Station”
I already hate this film
OH GOD SHUT UP!!!!!
I can’t stop staring at Linklater’s terrible bowl haircut
Yeah… She’s dead
Look I know there’s a dead woman in the middle of the road but… Fancy going on a date?
Rule 101 if you’ve committed a crime – Never return to the scene of the crime
Wait… The woman on the floor was ran over by her own son!!!!
I’m bored now
Erm… Why are we burning random photos from magazines?
So… He has his own drive-in movie just for his Mr Potato Head dolls??!
And he’s immediately arrested
I’m more interested in The Bagel Manufactory in the background then this guy’s terrible guitar playing
Is she wearing a Reel Big Fish shirt?
Don’t you hate it when you’re harassed by drunks