Slacker is an experimental film by RichardLinklater. It is set in [[UsefulNotes/OtherCitiesInTexas Austin, Texas]] in TheNineties and features a wide variety of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 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.

Differs from TheSlacker. See ''{{Film/Gummo}}'' for a film with a somewhat similar concept but [[CrapsackWorld very]] [[SurrealHorror different]] [[{{Squick}} execution]].
!!''Slacker'' provides examples of:

* CoolOldGuy: The [[spoiler: fake]] UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar veteran anarchist.
* CreatorCameo: The first character is played by Richard Linklater.
* DecoyProtagonist: It starts with a bus passenger and doesn't stop.
* DefiledForever: While the implications of what led to the MadnessMantra entry are tragic, they're offset by the comic appropriateness of the last sentence coming from a WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short where a dissociative Elmer Fudd repeats the line.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: The entire film.
* FollowTheLeader: Inspired by ''MyDinnerWithAndre''.
* HyperlinkStory: Each scene passes off to the next one via a shared shot between the characters of each.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Over a hundred unnamed characters.
* MadnessMantra: "You should quit, you should quit, you should quit, you should quit..."
* NamelessNarrative
* TheNineties
* TheOner
* RandomEventsPlot
* TrustMeImADoctor: "You should quit traumatizing women with sexual intercourse. I should know. I'm a medical doctor. I own a mansion and a yacht."