Quick Film Guide: Slacker (Richard Linklater, 1990)

Directed by Richard Linklater

With Slacker, Richard Linklater became a spokesperson for the directionless, angry and lost souls in their twenties of his hometown of Austin, Texas – and possibly many other cities across the globes.

Drifting through the city and its inhabitants, the film is defined by constant motion. Taking place over the course of a full 24-hour period, it may lack a rewarding, traditional narrative, instead offering a comprehensible depiction of a time and a place – almost like a series of postcards. Despite this documentary-like quality, the rambling of its many characters is full of ideas and creativity.

The appeal of this low-budget, independent film has only grown as time has gone by and it has become clearer that Slacker has become both representative of a past generation and very relatable to today’s youth. The anger, mental illness and penchant for conspiracy theory, for example, is still there and the depth of the movie is visible, underneath its patina of comedy, to anyone who wants to see it.

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