Remember the Daze
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This is one of those 24-hour important transitional day teen movies, which are produced every few years and key in on a day that marks the passing from one stage of life to another. In this case it is 1999 high school graduation party night (in North Carolina) as the seniors prepare to move on to life after high school. Think "Can't Hardly Wait" (1998), "Dazed and Confused" (1993), and "American Graffiti" (1973). Throw in some elements and cast members from "Sleepover" (2004) along with the lyrical qualities of "Empire Records" (1995) and maybe even a little of "Sixteen Candles" (1984).
The only thing really unique about "Remember the Daze" is that Jess Manafort (the writer and director) is a relatively young woman. So the point-of-view is more female oriented; and the parts of the female characters are better written and much more believable that those of the males. Intuitively you would think that this would give the film a box office advantage over its predecessors. The many hot babes and some comedy, drug use, and misbehaving should attract a teen boy target audience and the more cerebral and sensitive dialogue should connect with girls of almost any demographic.
Unfortunately the wheels mostly fall off and the film fails to make the sentimental connection Manafort was hoping to achieve.Read more ›
Jess Manafort did an amazing job directing this movie and I cannot wait to see more of her work...All the actors did an amazing job as well!
Remember the Daze follows several high school students as they just get out of school for the summer. Some just graduated, others are going into their last year of high school, some are finally leaving their freshman status behind, and then there are the ones who just graduated junior high and are embarking on the high school lifestyle. Nonetheless, they all attend a party to celebrate the end of the school and you get to see the party from several different perspectives.
The movie, at times, seems like they just followed a bunch of students around with a camera. It will look more like a reality show than a scripted movie, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. If the point of Remember the Daze is to depict teenagers, particularly, their experiences and struggles, then it succeeds. However, the problem is the purpose of the movie is easily lost and hard to determine. I know a lot of people will probably view this and at the end wonder entirely what the meaning of the movie is supposed to be. It doesn't end neatly; it ends with a lot of loose ends, however maybe that's the point. If Remember the Daze is supposed to be reminiscent of real life, then most of us know that nothing ever is entirely resolved or certain in just a mere 24 hours. I think we are just used to the end of movies providing us some closure and I applaud Remember the Daze for trying to go against that.Read more ›
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I love this young age !
so pretty girls like Lyndsy Fonseca but I am a fan of Alexa Vega who is also in this movie
I usually watch it alongside with daze and confused! Wish there was more movies like this!Published on February 6, 2010 by Prince Vegeta
Another reviewer stated `it's no Dazed & Confused' this I completely with. However I felt the movie was desperately trying to be Dazed & Confused. Read morePublished on January 30, 2009 by Boonster