Waking Life

Lists: Animated, Drama, Avant-Garde Films

Brief Synopsis: "Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our relationships with others, and the meaning of life."

Overall Ranking: 1092 (Rank from 2001: # 19)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 75%
Regular 0%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 25%


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People Involved

  • Wiley Wiggins (Main Character)
  • Ethan Hawke (Jesse)
  • Julie Delpy (Celine)
  • Ken Webster (Bartender)
  • Adam Goldberg (One of Four Men)
  • Steven Soderbergh (Interviewed on television)
  • Bill Wise (Boat Car Guy)
  • Charles Gunning (Angry Man in Jail)
  • Caveh Zahedi (Caveh Zahedi)
  • Richard Linklater (Director)
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