Alright, alright, alright. The ’70s weren’t all that great, but movies made in the early 2000s about the ’70s were pretty great. “Dazed and Confused” is a movie that takes place on the last day of school/first night of summer and follows a bunch of high school students.
When I say this movie has one of the best soundtracks ever, I mean it. The opening scene is a car cruising in a parking lot to “Sweet Emotion,” by Aerosmith, while a girl rolls a blunt in the front seat. If that isn’t a scene for the ’70s then I don’t know what is. Other great classic rock songs are played during some iconic scenes, such as when the freshman boy, Mitch, is getting hazed by the new seniors to “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” by Alice Cooper, or when the new freshman girls are getting hazed while “Why Can’t We be Friends,” by War, plays in the background.
This is a movie where the quotes are just as iconic as the music. Like I referenced in the beginning of this article, “Alright, Alright, Alright,” the famous Matthew McConaughey impression, comes from this movie. Also, “I only cam here to do two things: kick some ass, and drink some beer. Looks like we’re almost outta beer.” a quote that is referenced in a lot other movies and T.V. shows, comes from none other than “Dazed and Confused.” And let’s not forget my personal favorite quote “You gotta keep on livin’ man L-I-V-I-N.” This movie has those good, reckless vibe quotes that the ’70s gives off.
So if you want a feel-good summer movie then “Dazed and Confused” is your thing. You’ll see some great fashion, hear some good music and watch childhood friends hang out. “Dazed and Confused” makes you feel nostalgia for a time that you weren’t even alive for, so grab your popcorn, pop this movie into your DVD player and chill out, man.