“Dazed and Confused” (1993)
Those not familiar with the teen culture of the time may not appreciate the magic of a place like Emporium in Richard Linklater’s teen comedy “Dazed and Confused”. Long gone are the days of small town teen hangouts but at the time cruising and hanging out on a Friday and Saturday night were a key part of a teenagers social experience. Often times a place like Emporium served as the central hub that brought everyone together.
In “Dazed and Confused” Emporium is bustling with life. Loud music fills the building and only the laughter of the young patrons is louder. It’s also where the cooler older kids hang out, something the underclassmen know all too well. Pool tables, fuzzball, and jukeboxes keep the kid’s attention but it’s the social interaction that makes a place like Emporium so special. Linklater perfectly captures this lost period pleasure that many from the 1950s all the way to my generation in the 1980s remember well. Who wouldn’t love to hang out at Emporium?