Nostalgia and authenticity aren't always close neighbors, nor do they often reside on the same block. In short? How we remember life, when we were younger, can take on rosier tones the more we journey down the road, leaving realness out in the cold.
But both nostalgia and authenticity showed up to star in Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused," a made-in-1993 film that was all about the last day of school circa 1976.
It was one of those rare movies that was deemed a classic early on, a label that's stuck as easily as a glittery comb stays inside the back pocket of a favorite pair of patchwork jeans.
Fans will celebrate the feathered hair, and the tube socks, and the turn-it-up FM songbook of the film when it plays on The Wiltern's big screen on Wednesday, April 20.
Tickets? They're $10 at the door.
And, yep, that would be 4/20, which is now something of a wink-wink holiday for the film, as far as return screenings at various cinemas go.
Not every encore showing, however, features a full-on costume contest. Prepare for the tube tops, and muscle tees, and wide-collar polyester shirts, and prairie dresses to be out in dazzling sartorial force.
Still have your ruffled tux shirt, the powder blue one, the dressy job you wore to prom? That would be beyond rad, or out of sight, if you prefer.
It's an all-ages show, but there is a full bar for the 21-and-over crowd.
As for nostalgia and authenticity working in tandem in other feature films? It's a phenomenon that doesn't occur too often, but it so happens that Mr. Linklater's "Everybody Wants Some!!" is also out right now, in wide release.
That, too, like "Dazed and Confused," is a movie that captures some of the good feelings of growing up, as well as the accuracy of how people dressed/lived/hung out circa 1980.
Gazing back is not always easy, but a smokin' soundtrack, some appealing acting from the outsized cast, and a setting anyone familiar with being a teen around 1976 will recognize makes this memory-charged movie one for the ages.