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3,008 Ratings


Directed by Richard Linklater
United States, 1990
Comedy, Drama


Richard Linklater’s Slacker presents a day in the life of Austin, Texas, where a merry-go-round of amateur philosophers, jilted lovers, inept criminals, aspiring artists, and whacked-out conspiracy theorists searches for a place to be.

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Slacker Directed by Richard Linklater
Part lo-fi experiment, part philosophical statement of principle (“withdrawing in disgust is not the same as apathy,” reads one title card, a line Michael Stipe borrowed a few years later), and quietly revolutionary as the idea of a popular American independent cinema came to fruition in the early ’90s.
April 26, 2018
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Bursting onto the independent film circuit just after the close of the Cold War and the arrival of the “End of History,” Richard Linklater’s Slacker perfectly captured the American Left’s malaise, disillusionment, and nihilism at the dawn of the ’90s.
January 03, 2017
Linklater’s shoestring debut transformed the American independent film scene of the 1990s and established his career-long inquiry into the nature of time, dreams, and alternate realities… Linklater captures the proceedings with an amused curiosity, like an inquisitive tourist transcribing the colorful conversations overheard in a local coffee shop.
June 24, 2015
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