Cinema & '90s

Going on '60s

Every summer needs an oddball movie, muttering happily to itself in a forgotten corner of the superplex while the megabudget pictures bat each other silly. So welcome to SLACKER, a parade of all-American weirdos. Writer- director Richard Linklater has borrowed the format of La Ronde -- one character talking to a second, the second to a third and so on -- and populated it with dozens of layabouts (slackers) in Austin. These motor-mouth dropouts have decided on a life of independent study: of the Kennedy assassination, or the space program (we've been on Mars since 1962, colonizing the galaxy with financing...

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