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Garden State: It’s in it

Culminating the recent stretch of graduation/high school/transition period movies reviewed with the best film of the ‘Your whole life is ahead of you, but what do you do?’ genre I’ve seen. Rating: 4 stars (out of 4) Garden State was the first movie I ever loved.  It was the first film I remember seeing that…

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High: Well, that settles that

Rating: 3.5 stars (out of 4) There’s not a teen movie made after Fast Times at Ridgemont High that doesn’t owe its existence to it, and there hasn’t been one since that’s any better.  Fast Times captures the spirit of high school in ways that most movies about teenagers don’t even bother to try, which…

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Dazed and Confused: Great memories that you may not remember

Rating: 3 stars (out of 4) When I finished Dazed and Confused the first time, I didn’t really know what I thought of it.  But after some reflection and a second viewing, I understand its goals and can see how skillfully it achieves them.  Dazed follows nobody’s rules.  It’s flawed, unconventional, funny, and completely outrageous. …