->''"All I'm saying is that if I ever start referring to these as the [[BestYearsOfYourLife best years of my life]] - remind me to kill myself."''\\

The year is 1976, it is the last day of school, the seniors are hazing the incoming freshmen, and Kevin has decided to throw a kegger. One freshman, Mitch, is taken under the wing of Randall "Pink" Floyd, a senior. Meanwhile a group of nerdy friends, Cynthia, Mike, and Tony decide to go make their last day a day to remember. The two stories dovetail at the party.

''Dazed and Confused'' (1993) is a ComingOfAgeStory written and directed by RichardLinklater. The movie's large EnsembleCast featured a number of future stars, including Creator/MatthewMcConaughey, Jason London, Creator/BenAffleck, MillaJovovich, [[Film/PitchBlack Cole Hauser]], Creator/ParkerPosey, [[Theatre/{{Rent}} Anthony Rapp]], [[Series/{{Numb3rs}} Adam Goldberg]], [[Film/ChasingAmy Joey Lauren Adams]], NickyKatt, and [[Film/AScannerDarkly Rory Cochrane.]]

Basically, it's ''Film/AmericanGraffiti'' made in the nineties instead of seventies, and set in TheSeventies instead of TheFifties[[note]]though AG was in the early sixties[[/note]].

The title of the film is derived from the Music/LedZeppelin [[TitledAfterTheSong song of the same name]]. Linklater approached surviving members of the band for permission to use their songs in the movie, but, while Jimmy Page agreed, Robert Plant refused.
!! This movie contains examples of:
* AdultsAreUseless: All the adults except Carl's mom are cool with the seniors hazing the incoming freshmen. Tony comments on this.
* AdvertisedExtra: Milla Jovovich's character has very little screentime for someone who appears on both the movie's poster and home video covers. All the more strange is that Jovovich wasn't even all that famous when the film was released.
* AlphaBitch: Head cheerleader Darla.
* BreakoutCharacter: David Wooderson. Originally a more minor character, Richard Linklater was so impressed with Matthew [=McConaughey's=] performance, he ended up writing much more dialogue for him.
* CallingShotGun: Shotgun is Slater's official position in the car. Remember this.
* CoolCar: Pickford's GTO is, in the argot of the period, bitchin'.
** Pickford's car is just one of many examples. Let's just say that if you're a fan of classic American muscle cars, you'll probably like this movie.
* CurbStompBattle: The fight that breaks out at the party.
* DawsonCasting: Mostly averted, as most of the actors were only slightly older than their characters, but played straight for some.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Hazing incoming freshmen on the last day of school was frowned upon in 1993 (as it still is today), and the movie seems to toy with the audience's modern day sensibilities whenever it's depicted. But in the film's 1976 setting, it's seen by the characters as just another traditional rite of passage.
--> ...and remember to get plenty of calcium. It's important for pregnant women to get plenty of calcium.
-->- Store clerk, to pregnant customer buying liquor and cigarettes.
** He later tells her, "See you again tomorrow."
* {{Ephebophile}}: Wooderson, arguably the movie's most famous, or at least most memetic character. Provides the page quote:
-->'''Wooderson''': That's what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.
* EroticDream: Tony tells Mike about a rather disturbing one.
-->'''Tony:''' So there I am, getting it on with this perfect female body, and...
-->'''Mike:''' ...What?
-->'''Tony:''' I can't say.
-->'''Mike:''' No, you can't give a build-up like that and not deliver. You know, a perfect female body, itís not a bad start.
-->'''Tony:''' But with the head of AbrahamLincoln. [[{{Squick}} With the hat and the beard...everything]].
* EverythingIsBigInTexas: Averted. The film takes place in the suburbs of Austin, but the Texas stereotypes are all missing.
** Except the high school football stereotype, which is subverted. The star player, Floyd, is not very passionate about playing ball.
** Austin itself is kind of an aversion, actually.
* FunnyAfro: Cynthia's giant red afro.
* HaveANiceDaySmile: Unsurprisingly, the one used in the movie poster looked fairly baked.
* HeldBackInSchool: Fred O'Bannion.
* ImprobablyCoolCar: Many owned by the named characters as well as several appearing in the background.
* JerkJock: O'Bannion.
** All the male hazing seniors are this, except Pink (somewhat). O'Bannion is just the most sadistic.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Vicious Bully O'Bannion gets his from a group of freshmen with buckets of paint.
* LastNameBasis: Hirschfelder, O'Bannion, Pickford, Slater and Wooderson.
* NeverTrustATrailer: All of the ads (trailers, posters, TV spots) promoted it as a StonerFlick. There's maybe about one character (a supporting character) who actually is one.
* NostalgiaFilter: Played around with. Being a warts'n'all depiction of seventies teendom, we see all the things they enjoyed and also all the things they endured. Particular note should be made of the scene where last day of school ends, and "School's Out Forever" playing gloriously on the soundtrack... as children run like their asses are on fire to get away from a gang of bullies.
* TheNotLoveInterest: The three friends show no romantic interest in each other, and do not act jealous when they show interest in other people.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Randall "[[Music/PinkFloyd Pink]]" Floyd.
* RandomEventsPlot: There really isn't a plot per se. Everyone just drives around after school ends until the party starts.
* RealitySubtext: Linklater was actually sued by the real Bobby Wooderson, Andy Slater, and Richard "Pink" Floyd for how they were portrayed onscreen.
** [[LateToThePunchline Eleven years after the film came out.]]
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Cast in-fighting required the ending to be re-written to prevent fistfights on-set.
* RecycledInSPACE: ''AmericanGraffiti'' in [[TheSeventies THE SEVENTIES!]]
** Except deliberately ''not'' if you listen to the commentary. While ''American Graffiti'' had a specific plot and attempted to be "the ultimate '50s movie", this film was about just some night and just some party. If anything, it's more like ''Slacker'' [[TheSeventies IN THE SEVENTIES]].
* TheSeventies
* ShoutOut: One of Pink's friends calls Tony and Mike "[[Film/AllThePresidentsMen Woodward and Bernstein]]".
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Pink is the only main character that appears on the movie poster and DVD cover.
* StonersAreFunny: The point of Slater.
* ThatNostalgiaShow: To the '70s.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Tony, Mike, and Cynthia.
* WildTeenParty: Initially subverted, as the keg delivery guy comes early, tipping off Kevin's parents. But later played straight: there is in fact a wild teen party, but it happens out in the woods, away from houses and parents.