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Richard Linklater's independent classic SLACKER presents a day in the life in Austin, Texas, among its social outcasts and misfits (predominantly the twenty-something set) using a series of linear vignettes. 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. Highlights include a UFO buff who adamantly insists that the U.S. has been on the moon since the 1950s, a woman who produces a glass slide purportedly of Madonna's pap smear and an old anarchist who sympathetically shares his philosophy of life with a robber.
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Film critic Pauline Kael famously stated, "When we championed trash culture we had no idea it would become the only culture."
The meandering narrative structure of Richard Linklater's "Slacker" - not unlike Robert Altman's "Nashville" - feature autodidacts who inhabit a world of what Kael calls "trash culture." It is the "only culture." Linklater's lens is a loving look with hints of parody rather than straight-up exploitation. The director's own cameo appearance makes us all feel we should want to belong to his world if we don't already.
I admired "Slacker," and here's my review: http://bit.ly/K3QUZh