"I may live badly, but at least I don't have to work to do it."Slacker is a 1991 experimental film by Richard Linklater. It is set in Austin, Texas in The '90s and features a wide variety of slackers, paranoid conspiracy theorists, street philosophers and other freaks and misfits going about their daily lives. The camera gravitates to a different group of people in every scene, giving the film a unique stream-of-consciousness style and painting a picture of the counterculture of the time. It was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress, so it must have done that right, at least.Generally considered as an important influence to the 90's indie film scene, specially dialog-heavy "mumblecore" movies. It was a direct influence on a then-22-year-old Kevin Smith and inspired him to make his own low-key microbudget flick.Differs from The Slacker. See Gummo for a film with a somewhat similar concept but very different execution.
Slacker provides examples of:
- Awesome McCoolname: Meta-example; almost no-one's name is mentioned over the course of the film, but the credits describe them by their roles including such luminaries as Dostoyevsky Wannabe, Based on Authoritative Sources, Been on the Moon Since the 50's, Post-Modern Paul Revere and Grocery Grabber of Death's Bounty .
- Cool Old Guy: The fake Spanish Civil War veteran anarchist.
- Creator Cameo: The first character is played by Richard Linklater.
- Decoy Protagonist: It starts with a bus passenger and doesn't stop.
- Defiled Forever: While the implications of what led to the Madness Mantra entry are tragic, they're offset by the comic appropriateness of the last sentence coming from a Looney Tunes short where a dissociative Elmer Fudd repeats the line.
- Developing Doomed Characters: The entire film.
- Follow the Leader: Inspired by My Dinner with Andre.
- Hyperlink Story: Each scene passes off to the next one via a shared shot between the characters of each.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Over a hundred unnamed characters.
- Madness Mantra: "You should quit, you should quit, you should quit, you should quit..."
- Nameless Narrative
- The '90s
- The Oner
- Random Events Plot
- Trust Me, I'm a Doctor: "You should quit traumatizing women with sexual intercourse. I should know. I'm a medical doctor. I own a mansion and a yacht."