The general public first noticed filmmaker Richard Linklater with his cult classic coming-of-age comedy “Dazed and Confused” in 1993, but those in the know were already his fans thanks to 1990s “Slacker.” Although his feature debut was technically “You Can’t Learn to Plow by Reading Books,” released two years prior, it was barely a movie and felt like Linklater was a self-teacher. How? ‘Or’ What make a movie. But he put that experience to good use with “Slacker,” which already had a surprising number of elements that would eventually become Linklater trademarks.
Linklater often experiments with the passage of time in his films, something he took to the extreme with his 11-year filmed drama “Boyhood.” In “Slacker,” he instead shows us a snapshot of the events of a single day, following random people from one mundane conversation to another, all bound together by a general unease about the current social, political and economic climate. .
“Slacker” is often grouped with “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” as two of the films most responsible for leading the charge of the new generation of independent filmmakers at the time, solidified in part by Kevin Smith stating (per IndieWire), “‘Slacker’ movie that made me lose my a**”, prompting him to get to work on what would become “Clerks”.