[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
They're selling music but not selling out.
The employees of an independent music store learn about each other as they try anything to stop the store being absorbed by a large chain.
OH MAN! What a piece of shit!!!
This is the first movie in my Nostalgia Overload list where I came out on the other side of the re-watch absolutely hating a movie I once loved. I haven't seen Empire Records in about 15 years but I honestly used to love it. How embarrassing.
This movie is a very corporate look at what they consider "indie" films, with an ironic twist..you know..considering the entire plot of the movie is an independently run record store trying to avoid being bought out by a national corporation.
I hate everyone in this movie; all of the annoying, over-the-top, insincere caricatures of "gen Xers," MARK: THE MOST AGGRAVATINGLY IRRITATING OF THEM ALL, Robin Tunney as…
Just finished watching my brand new VHS copy of one of my favorite movies. You have to have the VHS version, unless you were fortunate enough to snatch up one of the OOP original version DVDs -- before the director or the producer decided to recut the film and ruin it.
This movie makes me happy. What can I say? I quote it all the time, mostly to myself. Renee Z and Liv T were never sexier - esp when Renee sings "Sugar High" -- and my decade+ long crush on Robin Tunney started here. Anthony Lapaglia seemed like the coolest guy ever. And I fell in love with Dire Straits' "Romeo & Juliet".
The music brings me back to my…
"This music is the glue of the world, Mark. It's what holds it all together. Without this, life would be meaningless."
Whoa, that was a blast from the past.
Been many years since I last watched this prime slice of 90s hipster nonsense. And I still have THE biggest crush on Liv Tyler (watching it again reminds me of something that occurred to me in the interim, when an American girl who looked very much like Liv called me 'super handsome' - you don't forget moments like that in your life I can tell you) wearing the sexiest outfit on film ever. And I still hate Lucas and, to a certain extent, Mark.
Watching it back, the stereotypes haven't aged…
"Empire Records, open 'til midnight."
There are no words to describe the joy when I watch this film! The music, the characters, I used to have friends like this, takes me back to the times when anything was life or death, teenage life is very dramatic you know?
Empire Records is that rare film that I can watch in an endless loop and quote every line, a film that always puts a smile on my face.
"Damn the man, save the empire!"
Corny, annoying, dated, clichéd, and as far as movies about record stores go, let's just say it's no HIGH FIDELITY. But dammit, it always wins me over by the end.
As much a Hollywood product as the "establishment" it's railing against, but the genuine affection the filmmakers show for the characters and for their love of music (even forgettable '90s alt-rock) is palpable. It's like the best SAVED BY THE BELL episode ever. Kinda dumb, kinda perceptive, always fun.
Happy Rex Manning Day bitches
My wife loves Empire Records, however, she’s quick to point out that working in a music store is not as cool as it seems in this film. I’m not as big of a fan as she is, but Empire Records has grown on me over the years.
Not good. Some of the acting is quite painful.
Highly enjoyable, and rather rewatchable comedy set in a record store.
This was one of those cult movies that passed me by.
I'm really gald it did.
It's like someone watched Clerks and decided they could make their own mainstream version.
Quite frankly it was bollocks.
When it comes to movies I loved as a youngster, I rewatch them as an adult and must sort them into three categories - actual good movies I can continue to love for the rest of my days ("Clueless"), shitty movies that I still love regardless so everyone can just fuck off ("The Doom Generation"), and poop. This movie is poop.
I know I should like Empire Records. I know I'm supposed to be a hip, happening, young 'un into top baselines and funky tunes or whatever, but all the characters are workshy, self-centered, oblivious, pretentious dicks and the whole thing feels contrived, like someone who was told their Richard Linklater impression was 'really good' at a party trying to pass it off as a 90-minute film of it's own. I'm probably wrong. But no thanks.
It's so edgy. Like these are the edgiest and angsty-est and coolest and authentic-est teenagers I have ever seen. They are so cool. I'm just blown away. *Yawn*
The problem with "Empire Records" is that it's so over the top and shameless in its attempts to represent Generation X that it ends up being a terribly inauthentic and hilarious caricature of them.
The ratio of annoying characters to non-annoying characters is approximately 7:1, which truth be told, makes for a truly dispiriting viewing experience. This movie is basically a very poor man's High Fidelity, it's all fluffy and bright, with lots of exciting colours to keep the youngsters' attention. And let's not forget all the faux-angst and depression that's there to ensure the film doesn't appear completely faux.
This movie sucks, big time.
A film in the same genre as classics including Dazed and Confused and Almost Famous, but it doesn't have the same edge to it. Just a great cast and a classic 90s feel, making it a more than average teen drama.
Very hard to pick my best films of all time, but I will give it a shot..