It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books Movie Review

Richard Linklater's first (and little seen) film is as mentally unwieldy as its title. But under the cryptic title and Jarmusch-like non-narrative is an interesting -- if far from classic -- narrative on the boringness of daily life (at least for Gen X slackers). A direct precursor to Slacker, Linklater's characters here are far more unmotivated in life. At least in Slacker people are trying to do something -- even if it's fixing a car. Plow's characters are content to ride busses and watch TV, while Linklater's unblinking camera captures it all. As a meditation on life, solitude, and how mundane traveling can be it's got a little something to it, but as a narrative it offers a mere taste of what Linklater would become capable of. Shot on Super 8 and packaged on DVD with Criterion's release of Slacker.

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It's Impossible to Learn to Plow by Reading Books Rating

" OK "

Rating: NR, 1988


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