I remember seeing this movie in about 93-94. A friend had it on VHS. We thought Wooderson was one cool hombre. Fast forward to today. I turned 40 this year and i still love the movie but....there are things i notice now i didn't before. Wooderson is a creep and stereotypical failure to launch guy. Might still be living at home. He's probably 20-21 and still hanging out with teenagers reliving the glory days. These guys were freshmen when he was a senior. Slater is not their friend. They tolerate him because he's their source for weed and acid. O'bannion....absolutely no one likes that guy but he's on the football team so he gets a pass simply because he's in the fraternity and that's all that matters. The teenage social constructs of this movie are far more accurate than any other film. It's disturbing how accurate they are. We can look at each character and we know someone from high school exactly like them.
In all seriousness, how did Wooderson become friends with this kids? I would just get the sense that high school kids seeing someone much older than them trying to hang out with them would be seen as a creep or a loser
He's only 7-8 years older than those girls he's gawking at. Maybe weird or creepy to high schoolers because your time clock is totally different at that age! Every year and month of your age totally counts in high school and below, in adulthood, it's measured more in decades!
21 years later, his young daughter he left on a space mission would be a dying old lady when he reunited with her, yet HE is still the same age!
That last line about high school girls staying the same age while he gets older is borrowed from an even better film, 1979's "Breaking Away," where Dennis Quaid laments that every year he has to watch a new class of Indiana U. jocks show up in his town while he just gets older and older. At least writer/director Richard Linklater had the good sense to borrow from the best. "Breaking Away" won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for the late writer Steve Tesich.
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