2016 is shaping up to be an awesome year for 1980s movies. With Sing Street and this unofficial sequel to Dazed and Confused, filmmakers are letting the good times roll on film — and it’s contagious.
Director Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, Boyhood) is never one to tell a story with a plot, but it never seems to matter with his masterpieces as conversations drive the story. That’s also true with this comedy about a college baseball team during that playful purgatory time between arriving at college and classes starting.
The year is 1980 and that fact is obvious in every electric scene. Blake Jenner (Glee), Tyler Hoechin, Wyatt Russell, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Dutch, Will Brittain and Glen Powell star, and it’s a charismatic ensemble. Dazed introduced Matthew McConaughey, Parker Posey and Ben Affleck to the world. I expect we’ll see more from the cast of this one too.
Simply put: Aimless and awesome — just like all the fun parts of college.
Award potential: Unlikely to be remembered in awards season; it’s no Boyhood in scope or difficutly. However, I expect we’ll see these young actors in future award-caliber films.
The ten buck review: Worth ten bucks.