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Slacker (1991)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  5 July 1991 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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
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Street Musician
Jennifer Schaudies ...
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Maris Strautmanis ...
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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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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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The "Oblique Strategies" cards that appear in the movie were originally invented by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt in 1975. See more »

Goofs

The taxi cab that Linkletter's character gets into at the Trailways station is not the one he later gets out of near campus. The second one has a different unit number, a No Smoking sign, and a missing whitewall tire. See more »

Quotes

Traumatized Yacht Owner: Quit... quit... you should quit... YOU should quit... you should... you should...
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stretch your mind past its film boundaries.
7 February 2001 | by (seattle) – See all my reviews

it's not often that a movie can keep you guessing from beginning to end. slacker is the movie that will stretch your mind past the boundaries of traditional thought. if you are able to fully immerse yourself into the story, you will begin to think like the characters. You will start questioning governmental activity, development conspiracy theories of your own, and possibly give up all hope in the realm of collective action. The director uses spontaneous, free-flowing dialogues to convey a realistic approach to what its like to be a drifting, free-thinking individual in Austin. The movie never grows tiresome because of the fact that the moment you start to figure out a character, you are left hanging to make your own conclusions of what happened to them. Without a second thought, the film immediately pursues the life of a new "slacker". Look for the creepy aspects in the film as well: subtle, missing children flyers are scattered throughout the backdrop of the scenes; and the schizophrenic cafe are a couple that stood out for me. this is a movie that you could watch a hundred times and still find a something new to walk away with. a modern classic.


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