Finite Focus: Ben Affleck Gets His Comeuppance (Dazed and Confused)

I only saw Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused for the very first time about a year ago and it became an instant favorite. It’s one of those flicks that I find insanely rewatchable because of the distinct characters, quotable dialogue, terrific soundtrack and a general sort of laid back, “it’ll be all right on the night” attitude. And it has a host of actors before they were really known names, from Milla Jovovich and Matthew McConaughey to Rory Cochrane and Nicky Katt (to name but a few).

Also in the mix is one Ben Affleck, playing bully Fred O’Bannion who makes it his mission to smack in the ass with a paddle all those juniors who escaped his clutches during the last day of school (I’m sure that school “tradition” makes much more sense to those in the US!). There are so many great scenes I could have chosen to highlight but ultimately I decided on the one in which O’Bannion gets what he deserves. I hate the kind of person that Affleck plays in the movie (being mean and nasty for no good reason) and I get so much satisfaction seeing him get his comeuppance like this every time I watch it.

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Andrew James

Great film! Just watched it recently myself. I’m actually surprised that some of those guys didn’t go on to do other things. Like “Pink” Floyd.

“Martha Washington man. She was a hip hip hip, hip lady man!”

Sean Patrick Kelly

This was actually a film I kind of liked more on the second viewing than the first. It helped that the second viewing was a theatrical viewing with a crowd last summer at the Bell Lightbox.

David Brook

Yep it’s one of my favourites too and it is definitely a repeat watch movie.

Cindy Weaver

I’ve loved this movie since the first time I saw it in ’94 or ’95. I grew up in Texas in the ’70s and ’80s, and this movie is very representative of my high school. The music and clothes were more like the beginning of high school, but of course we later had the New Wave music (The Cure, Depeche Mode, etc.) and the ’80s clothes instead of t-shirts and jeans. Otherwise, it was exactly the same. There was even an area with a water tower people used to go hang out at called the “Moon Tower.”