Coral Gables Arts Cinema celebrates 30 years of Dazed and Confused

It was 30 years ago that up-and-coming director Richard Linklater, known only then for directing smaller and independent features, grabbed audiences by their Nineties’ graphic tees and took them back to the time of cruising, keg parties, and rock and roll with “Dazed and Confused,” which immediately became a classic. 

This Saturday, the Coral Gables Arts Cinema Seventies will hold a special screening of the now beloved coming-of-age film. 

The film, which was a box-office disappointment at the time of its release, became increasingly popular when it made the move from theater to home screen. Since then, the film has been repeatedly praised for quotable and iconic dialogue, a memorable soundtrack chock-full of the biggest hits of the decade, and its relatable themes.

It’s also remembered for being the launching pad of the careers of some of today’s biggest actors such as Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, Milla Jovovich and Renee Zellweger in a brief cameo.

“I saw ‘Dazed and Confused’ as a tween when it was released in the early Nineties,” reminisced Michelle A. Humphreys, the cinema’s Communications and Engagement Director. “The film appealed to me personally at the time because I could directly relate to its depiction of youth – the joy, challenges, and social dynamics that come with being a teenager.”

Humphreys considers the film the “perfect fit” for the After Hours program at the cinema. She is particularly excited for those who have yet to see the film to have a “shared experience with an engaged audience of film lovers…”

Tickets for the screening, being held at 9 p.m. can be found at

Luca Fornoni is a senior at FIU and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Digital Journalism. He mainly enjoys spending time with his family and friends as much as possible as well as watching and discussing movies.