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THOSE THAT GAVE BAD REVIEWS HERE EITHER CANNOT RELATE TO IT OR DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT. A movie should not explain everything in plain view for you. Let it make you think a little and you'll walk away enlightened!
Glory Daze is rather a cleverly written movie with unconventional dialogs. It is set in the small town of Santa Cruz, California.. and I believe it to be based on a true story. The characters are not typical and therefore are much more interesting to watch than your average American Pie flick. You will probably find similarities between yourself and one or more of these characters.
The CAST consists of Ben Affleck, French Stewart, Sam Rockwell, Vien Hong, Matthew MacConauhey(sp?), Alyssa Milano, Megan Ward, Brendan Fraser, Vinnie Deramus, Matt Damon(cameo), Spauding Grey, and John-Rhys Davies. I thought the two most stunning performances were from Sam Rockwell(ROB) who played the party guy gone conservative.. and Vien Hong (SLOSH) who was a computer science major dropout turned Bukowski-drunk. Sam Rockwell can be seen in many other wonderful movies such as Charlie's Angels, Green Mile, and A Box of Moonlight. And Vien Hong is not as well known, very versatile, and can be seen in smaller roles in big movies like We Were Soldiers playing Mel Gibson's interpreter, City of Industry(a Harvey Keitel movie). He's one of those skilled-actors that can take a small part and give it a lot of life. Affleck, although not bad.. I thought he did a better job in Chasing Amy.
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Young adults facing the question of "What comes next in life" should relate quite well to the films main character played nicely by the talented actor Ben Affleck before he made it big.
If you're after a witty (sometimes bitter) comedy this is for you.
Fans of punk rock will love the soundtrack, especially the Vandals song "It's A Fact".
If any of the above sounds interesting to you, do yourself a favour and check out this film.
Brief synopsis: The focus is on five college roommates who are close friends, some of whom are facing graduation in a week or so. What follows is how they react to the group being broken up, and how they spend time together before going their separate ways.
Ben Affleck actually turns in a fairly good performance as a disaffected slacker type who chose to pursue an art degree despite his parents' wishes; French Stewart is his typical self despite his role as a "professional student", but I thought the best performance in the movie was turned in by Sam Rockwell. To top it all off, some hilarious bit parts with Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon (it's quick, and he doesn't say a word), as well as Spalding Gray, who plays Affleck's dad.
There are some heavy-handed pieces of symbolism -- check out the very end of the scene when "We're Only Going to Die for Our Own Arrogance" is being played -- but then again, college was rarely about metaphors, and (for me, anyway) more often about friends, parties, and cheap beer. I think anyone who has spent time living with several of their close friends, in college or otherwise, and then has had to go their separate ways, will enjoy this film.
Sometimes films don't have to be artistic or expensive to be good; they just have to tell a story that people will enjoy watching again and again. For me, this is one of those stories.
P.S. - An outstanding punk soundtrack, including NOFX, The Vandals, The Mr. T Experience, the New Bomb Turks, and a pretty good cover of the above mentioned Bad Religion song by Sublime.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic 90's rage against the system movie. If you liked The Stoned Age or Airheads then this is your movie.Published 9 months ago by DOnny Morgan
a true college classic glory daze has a punk rock feel dealing with the confusing life decision of life after college and friendships a great movie for the pricePublished 10 months ago by jamesyboi
Liked it better when i saw it for the first time in 1997, guess I was younger and my tastes where growing up like me but its a nice movie, a good plot and good acting tooPublished 13 months ago by Hernan Gonzales
Really, don't see this because it's an early Ben Affleck movie and a few other actors you might kinda be interested in. Low budget and not nearly funny or interesting enough. Read morePublished 15 months ago by William Holden Junkie
I rented this on vhs back when it first came out and was blown away. Each subsequent time since then I liked it more and more. Read morePublished on April 5, 2012 by Steve Hutchman
This is my favorite movie of all time. You'll pick up a little something different every time you watch it. Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by Eric
This movie is pretty interesting. Ben Affleck as a college student is a stretch, considering he tried to go to college in real life. Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by Michael O. Walden
Bought this movie for my boyfriend because its his favorite. The old VHS finally died, so finding the DVD was difficult, but way worth it. Read morePublished on September 2, 2009 by Mrs. Schmorgan