- Slacker (film)
name = Slacker
caption = "Slacker" film poster
producer = Richard Linklater
writer = Richard Linklater
starring = Richard Linklater
Marc James Stella Weir John Slate Louis Mackey Teresa Taylor
released = flagicon|USA
July 5, 1991
runtime = 105 min.
language = English
amg_id = 1:45083
imdb_id = 0102943
"Slacker" (1991) is an influential American
independent filmwritten and directed by Richard Linklater, who also appears in the film. "Slacker" was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festivalin 1991.
"Slacker" is a uniquely-structured and seemingly plotless film, following a single day in the life of an ensemble of mostly twenty-something bohemians and misfits in Austin. The film follows various characters and scenes, never staying with one character or conversation for more than a few minutes before picking up someone else in the scene and following them. The characters include Linklater as a miscreant who just steps off a bus, a UFO buff who insists the U.S. has been on the
moonsince the 1950s, a JFK conspiracy theorist, an elderly anarchistwho befriends a man trying to burglarize his house, a serial television setcollector and a woman trying to sell a Madonna pap smear. The woman selling the pap smear appears on the movie poster, and was played by Butthole Surfersdrummer Teresa Taylor. [ [http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/feature/2006/07/05/slacker/index2.html Slackers: 15 Years Later] ]
The film was shot on location in Austin,
Texaswith a budget of $23,000, and released on July 5, 1991. It did not receive a wide release but went on to become a cult filmbringing in a domestic gross of over $1,000,000.
The movie was released to
DVDworldwide on January 13 2003. A two-disc Criterion Collection boxed-set edition was released on August 31, 2004in the USA and Canada only. The set has many "extras", including a book on the film and Linklater's first feature film, " It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books", on DVD for the first time. A different book (also titled "Slacker") containing the screenplay, interviews, and writing about the film was published by St Martin's Pressin 1992.
The release of the film is often taken as a starting point (along with the earlier "
sex, lies, and videotape") for the independent film movement of the 1990s. Many of the independent filmmakers of that period credit the film with inspiring or opening doors for them, perhaps most famously Kevin Smith, who has said on numerous occasions that the film was the inspiration for " Clerks." The movie also popularized the use of " slacker" to describe "a person regarded as one of a large group or generation of young people (especially in the early to mid 1990s) characterized by apathy, aimlessness, and lack of ambition". [ [http://dictionary.oed.com/cgi/entry/50226892?query_type=word&queryword=slacker&first=1&max_to_show=10&single=1&sort_type=alpha Definition] ] Linklater, however, has said that he wanted the word to have positive connotations.
* [http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=247&eid=373§ion=essay Criterion Collection essay by John Pierson]
* [http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=247&eid=374§ion=essay Criterion Collection essay by Ron Rosenbaum]
* [http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/feature/2006/07/05/slacker/ Salon.com retrospective article]
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