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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

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  • 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

4 stars

Funny, authentic and extremely nostalgic of its time period, 'Dazed and Confused' is the 'American Graffiti' for the 1970s decade, but a whole lot more rebellious and drug-induced. Writer/director Richard Linklater captures youth culture in such an exquisite way as he expresses the style of focusing more on the laid-back, but still entertaining nature of the decade's teenage lifestyle. Also I'd like any of you to step up and name one movie that has a better soundtrack than this, b/c no matter what your answer will be dead wrong!

- fb100001592288964, Saturday, August 11, 2012

3 stars

It does a good job at recreating the 70s and some of the characters are cool, but there is no story whatsoever. If you're into the 70s you'll probably love this movie; it really takes you to that era.

- edfilmreviews, Friday, July 27, 2012

5 stars

Wooderson: That's what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age. "It was the last day of school in 1976, a time they'd never forget... if only they could remember." When it comes to teen movies, Dazed and Confused is at the top with Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Movies just don't come cooler or more fun than Dazed and Confused. It's a rock n' roll, beer guzzling, weed smoking party from beginning to end. It's impossible to not love this movie. Great music, great characters, and great situations are what movies like this need, and Dazed and Confused has all of them and more. The story follows a bunch of teenagers on the last day of school. The events include paddling incoming freshman, getting drunk, playing pinball, and trying to find somewhere to party. It's an endless episode of pranks and partying fueled by one of the best classic rock soundtracks you could ever wish to hear. If you know Richard Linklater, you know that his movies aren't going to have much plot wise. He likes showing random hanging out, with amazing dialogue. He also likes to throw his own views on politics and other worldly matters into play as well. He does that here, but not nearly as much as he did with movies like Suburbia and Slacker. While those were hangout movies, they were also message movies. This is just a hangout movie and nothing more; and it's easily one of the best ever. The characters are what make this movie so much better than the average teen comedy. Just like in Fast Times, there are a lot of characters, all of which have their own personality and their own vibe. Dazed, features the second best stoner ever, only second to Sean Penn's, and two of the best characters in teen movie history, with Pink and Wooderson. The cast is phenomenal and endless. This is a movie that is sure to make you want to relive your party days. It makes you want to go grab a beer, roll a joint, turn up the music, and cruise. You gotta love nostalgic movies like this. Simone: You act like you're so oppressed. You guys are kings of the school. What are you bitching about?

- blkbomb, Sunday, March 11, 2012