Hollywood has been pumping out coming-of-age movies for decades and successfully taken advantage of our endless quest for nostalgia and the urge to remember the time before the sun had set on our careless youths.
The reason these movies resonate so well is that they’re something everyone can relate to.
Even if you didn’t grow up around the turn of the 1960s, you can still relate to the trials and tribulations of the kids from Stand By Me and The Sandlot, who had to deal with a lot of the same shit we did 40 years later.
These movies are able to transcend time while still managing to encapsulate the spirit of the era they take place in, serving as a sort of cultural time capsule for those who weren’t there to experience things themselves.
It might not be the best coming-of-age movie ever made, but Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is easily the most ambitious film in the genre.
However, it doesn’t even come close to matching his cinematic masterpiece known as Dazed and Confused.
I’d be more than happy to provide a synopsis of Dazed and Confused if you’re somehow unfamiliar with the film but I’m not going to do that because I’ll never come close to explaining it as well as Cool Dude Bro, our resident movie summarizer.
What else do you need to know?