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Slacker 2005 R

(107) IMDb 7.1/10

This groundbreaking and influential indie classic, is a day in the life of Austin, among its social outcasts and misfits. These characters, who in some manner just don't fit into the establishment norms, move seamlessly from one scene to the next, randomly coming and going into one another's lives.

Starring:
Richard Linklater, Rudy Basquez
Runtime:
1 hour, 41 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Richard Linklater
Starring Richard Linklater, Rudy Basquez
Supporting actors Jean Caffeine, Jan Hockey, Stephan Hockey, Mark James, Samuel Dietert, Bob Boyd, Terrence Kirk, Keith McCormack, Jennifer Schaudies, Dan Kratochvil, Maris Strautmanis, Brecht Andersch, Tommy Pallotta, Jerry Delony, Heather West, John Spath, Ron Marks, Daniel Dugan
Studio Detour Filmproduction
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Clare Quilty on September 26, 2004
Format: DVD
Fifteen years ago, during the hot summer of 1989, a brainy Texas movie buff named Richard Linklater scrounged up a bunch of cameras, credit cards and amateur actors and made "Slacker," a kitchen sink love letter to Austin, free time, pretentiousness, paranoia and about a million other things. I saw it when it was released and felt it could've been set in my own college town, halfway on the other side of the country from Texas.

Since then, Linklater has gone on to make a lot of little movies that really strike a chord with audiences ("Dazed and Confused," "School of Rock") while rarely straying far from his cerebral independent roots ("Waking Life," "Before Sunset"). Meanwhile "Slacker" just got the ultimate cineast validation - it's been released as a ritzy Criterion Collection two-disc DVD.

There's no real plot to the movie. A roving camera simply spends a day eavesdropping on more than 100 students, eccentrics, revolutionaries, thieves, artists, partygoers, nutjobs, et al. It drifts from one conversation to the next and all of them sound, well, like the musings of a brainy Texas movie buff. It's aged better than I thought it might -- I especially enjoyed the brief debate between two characters over the election results of then-Pres. George (H.W.) Bush.

It's rough, a little contrived, sometimes monotonous, basically a love-it-or-hate-it affair; and while I understand why it drives some viewers nuts, I'm firmly in the other camp. This is a film crammed with ideas and inspiration and a sense of life - three elements that rarely bump into one another in the same movie.

The double-disc set also includes a in-depth commentary by Linklater (plus tracks with cast and crew); Linklater's glacially-paced first feature; a rollicking super-8 short about the 1985 Woodshock music fest; a cast reunion and enough other extras to render viewers slack for days on end.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I love this flick. It was made in Austin, Texas when I was originally living there, and it not only has about seven people I used to see around town pretty often, but it showcases a lot of the landmarks there, such as the University of Texas and the downtown area. It's a truly weird little flick, made for less than a shoestring, with a really clever premise: the camera sets upon one person, follows him or her a distance, then branches off to showcase someone else for a bit---and never returns to anyone it's previously showcased. At first this really bugged me, till I figured out that it was saying that life, in all its many weird forms, is happening all at once, everywhere, to us all, and that we all truly connect in that six-degrees-of-separation way. The dialogue is often hilarious: a
JFK-assassination "buff" remarks that he never knew about how much Jack Ruby loved his dogs (even taking one along when he went to shoot Lee Harvey Oswald); a girl tries to sell a bit of Madonna's, erm, medical material -- you'll just have to see it to find out what. Richard Linklater makes really great, brilliant, funny, bizarre, non-linear films, the kind we should be seeing a hell of a lot more of from our film industry, if only they could see past monstrous box-office takes or
gi-normous egos. Check it out, for sure. I like to watch it just to remember what Austin, and some of the people I used to know there, looked like -- pretty damn good, as a matter of fact.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T.A. on January 14, 2005
Format: DVD
"Rare Marquis DeSade, dude." I've been reciting lines from this movie to various friends, co-workers and family members for 12 years now. Say what you want about this flick. Or, better yet, this montage of dialogue between random freaks. Many will describe it as this American Wonder, a motion picture masterpiece, but I took some film classes, and just like the characters in the movie, I've figured it all out.

"We've been on Mars since '62." Once you see the movie for, like, the 17th time, you've already noticed the mistakes, shortcomings and shortcuts throughout. How about the "Beautiful Losers" guy...when he first enters the movie...those others were going through the crazy post cards left behind, and he knocks on the door. The others open it to let him 'in,' and he enters the room...from a bathroom?!?! That had a chain lock on it?!??! Why was he locked in the bathroom?!?!?!

"QuadraJet. Yup. GM." There's something really cool about the mishaps, though. The characters are so odd, yet familiar...isn't it always the chick with the black eye who trusts the advice from a mystical card game and has developed "a whole new construct..."?!?!?! ...old people who rant about assassinations, the Spanish War and anarchy and are totally full of **it??!!? ...stoners yapping about Scooby-Doo conspiracies and blue Kr'shnas??? The girl from the book store had it right, when she summed up the friend who just met her after watching his friend throw a tent into a river. She says, "you pull from all the **** that you read..." Doesn't that describe everyone in this movie? And how about the tent scene--in any other movie, his friends would be convincing him to stab the guy who screwed his girlfriend with a tent peg. Not in this film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By alex jager on December 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
I regret "loaning" this book to another slacker a few years back, who loaned it to yet another slacker, who drifted to the west coast with it et al...never saw it again. But had I kept it I would've memorized many of the passages (Like the UFO conspiricy rant!) - the book is the story behind the making of the brilliant movie, a story which is every bit as entertaining and thought-provoking as the movie itself! It's unfortuante, and a bit odd that the movie is no longer available at the worlds largest shopping mall, Amazon.com. After all, it WAS a watershed movie. Go figure.
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