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Slacker (1991)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  5 July 1991 (USA)
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A day in the life of Austin, Texas as the camera roams from place to place and provides a brief look at the overeducated, the social misfits, the outcasts and the oddballs.

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Rudy Basquez ...
Taxi Driver
Jean Caffeine ...
Roadkill
Jan Hockey ...
Jogger
Stephan Hockey ...
Running Late
Mark James ...
Hit-and-Run Son
Samuel Dietert ...
Grocery Grabber of Death's Bounty
Bob Boyd ...
Officer Bozzio
Terrence Kirk ...
Officer Love
Keith McCormack ...
Street Musician
Jennifer Schaudies ...
Walking to Coffee Shop
Dan Kratochvil ...
Espresso Czar / Masonic Malcontent
Maris Strautmanis ...
Giant Cappuccino
Brecht Andersch ...
Tommy Pallotta ...
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Storyline

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. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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5 July 1991 (USA)  »

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$23,000 (estimated)

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$1,227,508 (USA)
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REM reference Slacker in their song "What's The Frequency Kenneth?" The lyric "Richard said withdrawal in disgust is not the same as apathy" is a reference to the text written on one of the "oblique strategies" cards handed out by one of the film characters. However, the actual line from the film is worded slightly differently, as the card reads "Withdrawing in disgust is not the same as apathy". See more »

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Video Interviewer: So, did you vote in the most recent election?
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The plot is... there is no plot
7 December 2000 | by (Midnight Movie Land) – See all my reviews

This movie has no discernable "plot" except to follow the lives of some of the most interesting and quirky people you are liable to meet. You follow one person, you get a snapshot of their life and the movie then takes off on the life of a person that may just be walking by on the street. You get just enough to encapsulate where they are at in life right now. Most are going no where and this is the reason for the movies title. Great dialogue here and great stuff to get you thinking about the strangest things (Smurfs as Hindu propaganda???). Great movie if you will just give yourself over to it and release all expectations as far as what a movie is supposed to be.


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