[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.
If anyone asks me, "Hey have you seen Reality Bites?"
And my answer would be "Winona Ryder is beautiful"
And after that answer I think we will forget about the movie and start to talk about Winona.
The music of this film was good but used very irregularly. The story was same cheesy young love.
As much as I like Ben Stiller, this is painstakingly awful. Despite the fact that this has not aged well in the slightest, Stiller’s debut has every single cliché in the book. The characters could not be more unoriginal. Winona Ryder, our protagonist, is not in the least bit likable. Her group of friends that she hangs out with are even more unlikable. Ethan Hawke, who I love under the right director, plays such an obnoxious character here that I was itching to fast-forward through every single one of his scenes. Like most of the other characters in the film, Hawke's character’s motivations are incredibly unclear. Stiller never fleshes a single one of these characters out. By the end of the film we are just left with a handful on undeveloped characters that we could not stand to be around from the get-go.
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…
Details feel of their time, but characters and themes resonate. Ryder perfect Ringwald of 90s. Film still has bite. B+
Highlight: Winona Ryder is instantly likeable and relatable as the lead character.
Lowest point: Every other character is instantly smackable and annoying in typical rom-com fashion.
It all seems pretty pointless, but maybe that's fitting.
A film packed with heart and a ton of truth.
I really loved watching these rascals try to face their emotions and get their shit together.
I remember this was a film that I couldn't wait to see but what I got was mostly unlikable characters with nothing to relate to especially Ethan Hawke.
Decently well written movie that captures the lifestyle of it's depicted generation pretty well, and it has a nicely iconic Winona Ryder performance which is always a plus!
It does get a bit overly sentimental in the ending though.
An effective dramedy with an excellent cast. While it is ultimately unable to avoid lapsing into the generic, this movie is smart enough to make the journey an enjoyable one.
This is the epitome of Gen X attitude, aesthetics, music. Lisa Loeb, Violent Femmes, U2, Dinosaur Jr, Talking Heads, The Knack... such a kick-ass soundtrack. I enjoyed this a lot. It's full of early 20s melodrama when everything is just so damn important and you don't have any perspective on the world. There are a lot of complaints that the characters are annoying, and while I agree to an extent, people in their early 20s are generally insufferable and their attitudes are kinda sucky. I say this as someone still in their 20s.
Ethan Hawke is one of my favourite actors and he delivers here, as do Winona Ryder and director/actor Ben Stiller. Great film.
Conventional rom com with intolerable lead characters. Any time the movie focused on Ben Stiller's character and his job, it was insightful and pointed. The romance between Ryder and Hawke is devoid of narrative momentum and interest. Garofolo and Zahn are completely wasted. I would have loved a movie about them to be honest. Especially since their characters never finish their arcs.
This is one of my partner's favourite films and they won't appreciate my disliking it.
See what I did in the title? While I related plenty to the Ferris Buellers and William Millers of the…