[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
A comedy about love in the '90s.
A small circle of friends suffering from post-collegiate blues must confront the hard truth about life, love and the pursuit of gainful employment. As they struggle to map out survival guides for the future, the Gen-X quartet soon begins to realize that reality isn't all it's cracked up to be.
I can't remember a time when I didn't love this movie. It was, and still is, the ultimate slacker film. It summed up everything Kurt Cobain was trying to say and Douglas Coupland was writing about; the story of a generation with no aspirations where the only question left is "What are we supposed to do now?"
I don't know when or if this whole thing would have come crashing down if the internet hadn't come along and redirected the course of history. So now the slackers are no more real than dinosaurs or dodo birds. They were the prototype for modern hipsters before being a hipster was nothing more than a fashion statement. And now their only real descendants…
Hipsters in training.
Better yet, they're just hipsters that were hipsters before hipsters were "cool".
I'm not the biggest fan of hipsters.
Ben Stiller's 1994 generation X portrait Reality Bites has its moments but squanders them all with its decision to focus on two of the most insufferable protagonists ever put on celluloid, Ethan Hawke's mega-douchebag Troy Dyer and Winona Ryder's almost equally as self-absorbed Lelaina Pierce.
It's seldom that I actively root against a couple coming together, but in this case I wished for every second of its running time that a comically huge anvil would crush Troy already. Maybe the whole movie was a stealth attempt by Ben Stiller at casting himself as the true hero of the film, because he came out way more sympathetic in his at times misguided but sincere and sweet attempts to woo Lelaina.
Out of all the movies I was obsessed with at age 12, I'm glad this one is still good as well as more relevant to my life now than it was then. As a pre-teen I enjoyed the innocent romance Lainy (Winona Ryder) is caught between. Watching it now I see the love triangle is more figurative of her decisions between what lifestyle to pursue, the safe world of commercialism which means selling out like Michael (Ben Stiller) or becoming a starving artist and be true to her work like Troy(Ethan Hawke).
Lelaina's screw ups feel so relevant in today's standards considering how much people believe Reality Bite's is a 90's time capsule. The movie predicts the post-college slump all…
I really enjoyed this, I mean I should really because its heavily relevant to my own life, post education life and all that. Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke and Ben Stiller and the rest are very enjoyable and entertaining to watch. Ryder being beautiful and charming and Hawke being well... Ethan Hawke, it's fascinating to me that I found out this film exists and it came out the same year as Before Sunrise and Hawke is basically the same character! So I kept thinking of that film and Jesse because of his character Troy philosophising all the time. Ben Stiller was in good Stiller mode, meaning he wasn't too crazy and I liked his face-offs with Troy. Seen some complaints about…
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of Reality Bites, the only Ben Stiller film i actually like a great deal. Reality Bites is one of the films of the 1990, dealing with all the questions I had when I had the same age as Troy (Ethan Hawke) and Lelaina (Winona Ryder).
Reality Bites has become one of those films reminding you of how it was to finish college / university and look for a different life, a job, anything, in the 1990's. The funny thing is, though, that allegiances shift in time here. When I was a twentysomething I'd unconditionally support Troy's lifestyle and views. not that I'm older I'm beginning to understand Michael's (Ben Stiller)…
Diet Coke: the Movie.
Not a fan... I do like the actors and i thought they gave great performances, with what they had to work with That is where I had my problem with the movie. I just thought the characters were all just so over dramatic and shallow it was just ridiculous. Watching the film I wasn't sure who the director was and when the credits rolled I was surprised and shocked to see it was Ben Stiller. It just doesn't seem like his kind of movie. Well, I guess that could be because he didn't write it, but still I wouldn't think he would direct this kind of thing. I was surprised enough that he was in it. I describe Reality Bites as an overcomplicated melodramatic romantic comedy. Because at least the overcomplicated melodrama is funny, but I dont think that is what they were going for.
So much love for this movie.
I feel like this held up pretty well, but as I am about the same age as these actors are (Stiller was born a year before me), I could be considered the perfect audience for this movie. Ryder was my primary movie star crush back when this came out and she's walking that adorable/insufferable line here in a way that makes me think of Lena Dunham's Hannah Horvath. Stiller too is walking a line maintaining a bit of his soul in resistance to the persistent suck of yuppie materialism. Hawke is letting his arrogance and pride get in the way of his desire yielding a kind of asshole I hate myself for rooting for (and *shudder* seeing myself in to some extent). Zahn is more sweetly earnest here than in anything else I've seen. And Garofalo is kind of heartbreaking in her acerbic scene-stealing way.
Film #10 of the "Scavenger Hunt 13 (April 2016)" Challenge
Task #26. A postmodernist film. (ex.: 1,2, 3)
My list: letterboxd.com/darbyact/list/april-2016-scavenger-hunt-13/
Original List: letterboxd.com/pleinsoleil/list/scavenger-hunt-13-april-2016/
I guess 22 years after it's release the question about Reality Bites is does it hold up? Well I'm glad to say yes... to a point. It's still a very well made but flawed film, it's themes still ring true to anyone who loves and relates to the 90s and the performances and humor are as sharp as ever.
I guess the real debate that stands is the central debate of the film. Hawke vs Stiller. Bohemian vs The Man. Maybe it's not time passing that has affected the film, maybe it's that I am older.…
When we are teens we always wonder how real life is, I'm not sure if it's like this but it looks a little similar.
Friends come and go, just like life and like Johnny Cash said, "God's gonna cut you down".
O filme cresce e levanta questões muito interessantes de uma premissa clichê..
the extent to which i am a sucker is pretty tragic.
this really got me. going.
this is the dance scene in swingers times a thousand
< the last ten minutes pretty much ruin the whole thing but that's totally fine >
the convenience store scene >
Thought this would be a good way to watch a bunch of things off of my watchlist…
Inspired by several of some other LB regulars, this is a list of my most watched actors.
The idea is…