A Toke of Our Esteem

TITLE: DAZED AND CONFUSED

WRITER AND DIRECTOR: RICHARD LINKLATER

THE BOTTOM LINE: Where were you on May 28, 1976? If you're about 30, this cogent comedy remembers you.

Randall "Pink" Floyd (Jason London) is the nearest thing Lee High School -- or this engagingly vaporous movie -- has to a hero. He's a decent guy, a star quarterback, a rebel with a cause. He is also his idea of a realist. Scanning a party-hearty nightscape of dopers, predatory jocks, ineffectual intellectuals and girls auditioning to be meat, Pink sighs, "If I ever start referring to these as the best years of...

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