Richard Linklater was destined to be a great filmmaker. His early work is reflective of his quality and his contemporary work shows how much he has matured. ‘Dazed and Confused’ was almost a revolutionary film back in the time. A gang of friends goes off celebrating their last day of school in an almost feral fashion. The exuberance and energy of youth were captured with perfection and brutal honesty by Linklater. Its depiction of teenage life back then was wholesomely accurate and innately enthralling. Setting the roadmap for filmmakers after him to follow, Linklater’s influence has only grown since then. Here is the list of movies similar to ‘Dazed and Confused’ that are our recommendations. You can watch some of these movies like Dazed and Confused on Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime.
14. Empire Records (1995)
The ’90s truly was the time of teen comedies. The decade saw the resurgence in the form of films like ‘American Pie’ and ‘Empire Records’ and gained worldwide popularity. Hardly being motivational and driving films for youngsters, these kitschy potboilers presented a way out of their hectic life and witness good-looking teens deal with the daily problems as their own. ‘Empire Records’ is about a group of misfits who work at a small, independent record shop discover kinship amongst themselves while desperately trying to save their shop from a greedy corporate giant. The camaraderie and relationship dynamics are presented with an amateurish and pompous sense of idiocracy. Despite the flaws, ‘Empire Records’ is enjoyable and certainly worth a watch.
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13. SubUrbia (1996)
A frustrated and despairing teenager is fed up with his life. The dull and languid pacing of his life leaves him unsatisfactory and compels him to leave the house. He comes across and joins a group of punk rock artist, who dress weird and have even weirder hair. The acting wasn’t proportionate at times, and neither was the quick cutting technique employed by the director. It almost seemed as if the director and the actor suffered from the same syndrome: trying too hard. It tries to be something it is not and fails miserably at it in my opinion.