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Dazed and Confused The title of the film, Dazed and Confused not only references the era’s drug use,” but a time in history. The year of America’s bicentennial, sex is safe, drugs are not dangerous, and booze has not gotten MADD (reference to Mother Against Drunk Driving). Politically American youth was in another direction, from the rebellion philanthropy of the 60’s to the conformity of the Reagan-Bush administration of the 80’s. Dazed and Confused illustrates the political and moral state of mind at the time. Also a confused state of mind in adolescence in which one is struggling to find a purpose and meaning while learning more about one’s self. It’s about life during wartime, the wartime of high school, where the staff is crazy and the students are bizarre. Nothing makes sense. It makes perfect sense to get through them on a drug or any self-delusion. As Don, a football player, states in the film, “If these are the best years of my life, remind me to kill myself.” It is the last day of school in 1976, in Austin Texas. The soon-to-be seniors are now out on the prowl for the incoming freshman. The boys’ initiation of getting beat with a custom paddle. The biggest target Mitch, whose sister is a senior, is trying to flee from his inevitable “licking.” While the incoming freshman girls are practicing their traditional hazing ritual for entering into high school which consist of degrading activities such as: being sprayed with condiments, verbally belittled, forced to propose to senior boys, and forced to sing chants that praise the seniors while being driven though a carwash on the back of a pickup. Everyone else is celebrating the start of summer by getting high. This is all happening while the coaches of the varsity football team are trying to get the players to sign a contract that prohibits the use of drugs and alcohol. The main character, the school's star quarterback, Randall "Pink" Floyd is rebelling against the coaches contract with a refusal to sign the contract. He is the type of kid moves easily
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among groups of greasers, nerds, stoners, and athletes alike . Everyone is talking about the big party to kickoff the summer at Pickford’s house, because his parents are going out of town. Which later get busted by the parents; which results in relocating the party to a park, where the
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This note was uploaded on 05/29/2008 for the course ENG 121 taught by Professor Thomas during the Spring '08 term at Front Range Community College.

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