Dazed and Confused is the king of this genre, and has the added benefit of being actually very good and very charming. It came out in 1993 and it only cost $6.9 million to make, which means that it would be a shoo-in to make a profit. And it did! Sort of! It made $8 million. In comparison, 1993's Mrs. Doubtfire made $441 million worldwide, Sleepless In Seattle made $227 million, and Groundhog Day made almost $71 million domestically. Dazed And Confused has more modern cultural relevance than any of those movies, but in 1993, we were far more interested in seeing Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan stalk each other than anything that commented on the angst of suburban youths. Also, in 1993 Matthew McConaughey had not yet become a walking meme.
Very few actors ever reach meme-dom, where their particular quirks and aspects outshine every actual role they'll ever do for the rest of their lives. Mr. Alright, Alright, Alright, along with guys like Nicolas Cage and Samuel L. Jackson, have accomplished this. They're not just actors who star in pieces of pop culture; they ARE pieces of pop culture, their accents and catchphrases and various uses of the word "motherfucker" floating around in our collective head space. So it's seems baffling that any movie that stars McConaughey would not immediately be interesting because it's Matthew McConaughey. He's no longer an actor, but rather a gift from the heavens, with his washboard abs, a voice like Kentucky whiskey, and an "I just fucked ya' girl, dawwwwg" swagger that he can't seem to shut off.
"Alright, alright, alright" has become bigger than Dazed And Confused. People know "Alright, alright, alright" even if they've never seen the movie, because they know about Matthew McConaughey and they know about impressions of Matthew McConaughey. And when they hear "Matthew McConaughey's breakout role," they immediately assume that McConaughey must have been an endless mine of potential from the get-go, and that people flocked to take part in the McConaissance. But no one really did. They were far more interested in seeing what Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan would do when they finally got to the top of the same goddamn building.