Slacker (1991)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudy Basquez ...
Taxi Driver
Jean Caffeine ...
Jan Hockey ...
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 ...
Looking for Missing Friend (as Tom Pallotta)


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 <>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 July 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Richard Linklater's Slacker  »

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$23,000 (estimated)


$1,227,508 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


When the GTO guy arrives he places a few aluminum drink cans on the ground and they clearly sound empty. When he and Nova pick up the Hitchhiker Awaiting 'True Call', they give him one of the cans which is now full. See more »


[first lines]
Should Have Stayed at Bus Station: [babbling to silent cab driver] Man, I just had the weirdest dream - back on the bus there? Did you ever have one of those dreams that are completely real. I mean they're so vivid. It's just like completely real. It's like, there's always something bizarre going on, though. I have one about every 2 years or something. I always remember 'em real good. Like there's always someone getting run over, or something really weird. Um, one time I had lunch with Tolstoy. Another time I was a ...
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The key to this movie is Linklater's taxi monologue
7 August 1999 | by (Florida USA) – See all my reviews

About quantum theory and Schroedinger's cat. Each time one potential outcome becomes the case, the other potentials collapse. But all other outcomes are thought to exist in alternate realities. Each time we become invested in one branch of the narrative, the camera takes us somewhere else. But the character we leave continues to exist and his or her story is assumed to continue -- only not before our eyes.

What do we think, or hope the cops found out from the guy who killed his mother. Something. Or other. All outcomes. And none.

Overthinking it? Perhaps. But this marvelous movie keeps teasing us along, making us think it's going to zig when it's going to zag. This reminds me of the joke about people who kept going back to see "Titanic" hoping that this time, maybe the ship won't sink. With "Slacker," the movie will always be the same, but it will never be the same movie because we can never remember exactly where or how it's going to branch.

I love this movie. I can't get enough of it.

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