By Leah Rozen
October 29, 2001 12:00 PM


A young man (Wiley Wiggins) accepts a lift in a car that looks like a boat. “The ride doesn’t require an explanation,” the driver tells him, “just be along for the ride.” That’s good advice for seeing the trippy Waking Life, a philosophical phantasmagoria by writer-director Richard Linklater (The Newton Boys) in which live-action scenes are “painted” over by animators. In this groovy cartoon for thoughtful teens and grownups, Wiggins drifts about, listening as some 50 pals and strangers wax on about life, the cinematic equivalent of late-night dorm musings. (R)

Bottom Line: Worth the trip