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Slacker [DVD Boxset] [2-Disc Set]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Texan filmmaker Richard Linklater's debut independent feature takes an original approach to traditional narrative, creating an entirely new form of cinema in the process. Shot at a leisurely pace with a style similar to Robert Bresson, SLACKER follows the unmotivated inhabitants of Austin, Texas, over the course of one day, as they waste their time talking about politics, philosophy, and popular culture. Beginning with a cab ride in which the fare (Linklater himself) suggests to the driver a theory about alternate universes (which also happens to mirror what transpires on screen), the film abruptly shifts to another character and situation after an elderly woman is hit by a car. Soon after, another character is introduced, and the camera follows her. This formula sticks for the whole film; by the end, dozens of characters have been introduced and, just as quickly, been left behind.

    Linklater spent years taking notes in order to infuse original dialogue into every situation, which results in a sometimes pathetic, sometimes poignant, always amusing trip into a lackadaisical college town. Luckily, for fans of new and inventive approaches to filmmaking, Linklater himself wasn't a "slacker," ensuring the film's place in indie film history.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CC1605-D

  • Credits
    Richard Linklater
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Scrappy and shrewdly hilarious....Linklater has the gift of a true satirist..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...[The cast is] so effective that it's hard to believe they didn't make up their own lunacies....Ageless..."
    New York Times

    "...Director Richard Linklater pokes loving fun at disaffected twentysomethings..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
    USA Today

    "No one's made going for a walk a more appealing cinematic proposition than Linklater..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[A] hilariously deadpan comedy that flawlessly documents that era's floundering-bohemian attitude in Austin, Texas..."

    "[I]ts nontraditional story structure is quite sophisticated. Performances from the mainly nonprofessional cast are quirky and self-assured, and the camerawork and editing are fluid."
    Los Angeles Times

    4 stars out of 5 -- "A bone-dry deadpan stream of vignettes....Still funny and hypnotic."

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] finely tuned and winning life sketch."

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