Box art for Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused


Matthew McConaughey and Milla Jovovich star in this 70's throw-back about a group of high school stoners and one wildly funny night they will never forget... if only they could remember...

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Plenty of drug use with very little consequence.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie features drug use and petty vandalism with little consequence. Overindulgence in alcohol leads to a fistfight, and overindulgence in pot-smoking leads to stupidity, but casual use of both results in an alluring sense of camaraderie.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the deleterious effects of drug and alcohol use not depicted in the film. Where are Randall and Mitch likely to be 5 or 10 years after the close of this movie? How often do high school kids party like this? What has changed since the 1970s, in terms of the enforcement of drug laws and our knowledge of the long-term effects of drug and alcohol use?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Dazed and Confused is a perfect movie. It flawlessly captures the spirit of the '70s while arguing for a clear universality in the high school experience.

- Bill Gibron,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: A slightly above average plotless teen film filled with nostalgia.

- Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Succeeds on its own terms and reflects American culture so well, it becomes part of it.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

5 stars

A cult classic. Us 30 somethings now watched this movie in envy and than even made it happen sometimes. Loved those tower parties.

- jmanard52, Tuesday, March 20, 2007

3 stars

It tries to take the style from American Graffiti, using period music and an ensemble of young stars. However, this has lower creativity and production value. The acting is nothing amazing, only a select few manage to get in some good performances. It is a little bit too nostalgic for my taste, it seems like they are constantly reaffirming you that it's 1976 (We get it!). While it does have some good stories in essence, it is lost in cheesy one liners and inspirational views.

- ythelastman89, Tuesday, December 15, 2009

5 stars

A REALLY great film & good soundtrack to

- dukeakasmudge, Thursday, October 29, 2009