I probably wouldn't include Dazed and Confused on a list of my favorite films, which is bizarre, because it’s one of the few movies that I’ll watch every time it’s on TV. I don't know, maybe with so many flashy movies out there these days, I take this quiet little gem for granted. But obviously I love old crap and even though Dazed wouldn't immediately come to mind if High Fidelity's Rob Gordon were to ask me to reel off my top five faves, this cult comedy released in 1993 and set in 1976 is like the cinematic equivalent of comfort food for me.
Chuck Klosterman’s short essay "Not So Long Ago, But Very Far Away," which is included in the Criterion edition of the film, begins like this: "I have watched Dazed and Confused approximately sixty-five times, and I have been stoned for approximately sixty-four of those experiences. At this point, it almost seems unfathomable to watch this movie without being high; in fact, it’s entirely possible that watching this movie actively releases THC into my bloodstream." My boyfriend, a reformed pothead, has had a similar relationship with Dazed and won’t watch the movie anymore because he’s developed some sort of Pavlovian response to it--he starts salivating and tearing his house apart, trying to locate ancient bongs and his emergency stash whenever he hears "Sweet Emotion" coming from the TV set.
As you may or may not have already realized, it's 4/20, national weed day. And the best way to celebrate this unofficial holiday if you're a freakin' nerd like me is to take a couple of Dazed and Confused related personality tests, created by yours truly.
(It’s hard to imagine that anyone reading this blog hasn't watched the movie, but if you haven’t, here’s the brief (slightly corny) summary on the back of the DVD case if you want to know a little about the plot and get into the spirit of things: "America. 1976. The last day of school. Bongs blaze, bell-bottoms ring, and rock and roll rocks. Among the best teen films ever made, Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused eavesdrops on a group of seniors-to-be and incoming freshman. A launching pad for a number of future stars, Linklater's first studio effort also features endlessly quotable dialogue and a blasting, stadium-ready soundtrack. Sidestepping nostalgia, Dazed and Confused is less about "the best years of our lives" than the boredom, angst, and excitement of teenagers waiting...for something to happen.")
Without further ado, here are the tests. I really hope you enjoy them and feel free to copy and paste your results on your blog if you’re suffering from writer’s block today or maybe too faded to come up with a real post.
Which Dazed and Confused Inanimate Object Are You?