Could 2015 be witness to the completion of another Richard Linklater trilogy?
Linklater describes “That’s What I’m Talking About” as a continuation of “Boyhood” and a spiritual sequel to “Dazed and Confused”. There are elements and one interesting theory out there that connects “Boyhood” to “Dazed and Confused”:
JWR_4 on Reddit.com theorizes that Dalton, Mason Jr.’s college roommate, is the son of Cynthia and Wooderson from “Dazed and Confused”. Too expand on this, Dalton does have striking physical similarities to both “Dazed” characters. He is also both philosophical (like Cynthia) and laid-back and “cool” like Wooderson.
The liquor store clerk in “Boyhood” is the same as the one in “Dazed and Confused” who sold Mitch the six pack. On the surface, yes, it is the same actor (David Blackwell), but its the same character as well. I can tell by the accent and his character trait of giving advice to his customers. For example, in “Boyhood”, the man tells Randy ,”Take care of your dad now, son, you only got one”. In “Dazed”, he tells the woman, “Remember to eat a green thing everyday and have lots of calcium, it’s important for young mothers to have lots of calcium”.
Now no one has seen “That’s What I’m Talking About” but we have some information that can connect the film to “Boyhood” and “Dazed and Confused” already. The film is set in Texas and follows the lives of college freshmen in the 1980’s. Like “Boyhood” and “Dazed”, it is set in Texas and sounds like it can follow a theme of growing up and self-discovery. Linklater also mentions “That’s What I’m Talking About” picks up right where “Boyhood” ends (Goldberg 1). The characters in all three films will discover themselves in an important time of their lives. With similar themes of time and discovery, the setting of Texas, and youthful characters, can “Dazed and Confused”, “Boyhood” and “That’s What I’m Talking About” be considered a trilogy? I personally believe it could and if “That’s What I’m Talking About” is what I expect it be, I will proudly argue for this Richard Linklater trilogy in Best Trilogy debates.
What would you call this trilogy? Right now, off the top of my head, I would simply call it “the Linklater trilogy” – now that’s what I’m talkin’ about.
Goldberg, Matt. http://collider.com/thats-what-im-talking-about-movie-boyhood/. Web.