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Parker Posey as a senior high schooler hazing younger students.
Dazed and Confused

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Dazed and Confused

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In Praise of Parker Posey

18 Mar - 27 Mar

Set in Texas on the last day of high school in 1976, Linklater’s riotously free-wheeling, rites of passage stoner comedy very quickly attained cult status. It launched the screen careers of Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck and offered Parker Posey her first foray into the indie scene. (Time magazine conferred the mantle ‘Queen of the Indies’ on Posey in 1997.)

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  • Appearing together at the 2014 San Francisco Film Festival, writer-director Richard Linklater (Boyhood) related how the moment Parker Posey walked into her audition he knew that he had found his Darla Marks – the high school senior from hell who took her place alongside other soon-to-be-quotable characters played by Matthew McConaughey, Wiley Wiggins and Rory Cochrane.

    “Linklater…is a sly and formidable talent, bringing an anthropologist's eye to this spectacularly funny celebration of the rites of stupidity…the ultimate party movie — loud, crude, socially irresponsible and totally irresistible.” - Rolling Stone

    “One long, weed-and-beer sautéed ride through the ZZ Top-sound-tracked nocturne following the last day of school in Anytown, USA (Austin, Texas, to be precise)…Linklater so beautifully choreographs each character’s movements through the night and into the dawn, from the gang of freshmen to…the battalion of girls that range from brainy to artsy (Milla Jovovich’s Michelle) to bitchy (Parker Posey’s gloriously cruel Darla), that the film’s strong, multilayered emotional core transcends even the astoundingly detailed look of the film.” - Slant