Richard Linklater, maker of Slacker, drifts into the mainstream with a multi-character comedy about the last day of school, 1976, and the long night of celebration: beer, weed, bad music, bad hair, bad pants, etc. The writer-director maintains his air of detachment, and even of universal disdain, but he has nevertheless fashioned a serviceable youth movie in the mold of Fast Times at Ridgemont High. A little more than average sympathy attaches to the androgynous freshman (Wiley Wiggins, looking like a young Kristy McNichol) who takes his painful initiation like a man — well, not so much like a man as like a cool dude. And a little more than average humor attaches to the inseparable high-school highbrows nicknamed "Woodward and Bernstein" (Anthony Rapp, Adam Goldberg). But it just goes on and on and nowhere. Jason London, Joey Lauren Adams, Milla Jovovich, Rory Cochrane. (1993) — Duncan Shepherd
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