[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.
Perhaps I have projected all of the positive feelings for what positive parts of my adolescence remain onto Winona Ryder. Perhaps all the things I thought were cool when I was 13 are embodied here in this movie and always in Winona's screen presence. Perhaps Ethan Hawke was born to play someone named "Luke." Has he ever played a "Luke"? He looks a lot like a "Luke" to me. That ratty fucking mustache is something "Luke" would wear, no matter the decade, and yes, my roommate says he looked like he smelled bad. I insisted that was the smell of pot, which was my way of agreeing with her. Perhaps Ethan Hawke still stinks of pot.
Perhaps I have listened…
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…
I found that I can relate a lot to the character of Leilani in this film and I have grown to have a fond love for Winona Ryder as an actress as she keeps on personifying the characters whom I love throughout the movies I am watching, such as Lydia from Beetle Juice. This also gives a good insight on the 90s culture, and how many youth in the 20s, such as being Generation X, are completely lost and get confronted with reality. Learned a lot from this movie.
This movie still gets me. I love it.
"I was really gonna be something by the age of 23."
"Honey, all you have to be by the age of 23 is yourself."
"I don't know who that is anymore."
Really hits home at 25.
In the beginning I was thinking that this movie could have inspired Noah Baumbach and Richard Linkater. But then, the story changes and starts following just the couple's drama, the other two friends are not important anymore, neither Lelaina's career as a documentarist. It was kind of sad.
Even though, it was good to feel the vibe and the 90's aesthetics.
This film is actual trash and I can recognise that. Does that mean I don't want an emotionally vulnerable 1994 Ethan Hawke to crowd me against a fridge and kiss my eyelids before making sweet, sweet love to me and running off in the morning to his conveniently dying father? Fuck no! Eat this ass, Ethan Hawke!!!!
i guess we're supposed to root for ethan hawke's character cause he's like super smart and just doesnt give a shit. were gen x really such insufferable shit heads?
"Melrose Place is a really good show"
Watching this film felt as though I were watching a badly-written cinematic version of interactions between all of the millennial hipsters I know.
Solid cast. Average movie. A faux look at characters dealing with the struggles of the Gen X time period, with plenty of cliches to leave you irritated.
Ethan Hawke's greasy hair made me want to kill myself
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