[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…
Ben Stiller’s directorial debut tapped into the zeitgeist of American youth in a way that only Linklater was able to do in the same generation of the early ‘90’s. It was slightly before my coming of age, but the universal theme holds true no matter the era, and the poignancy and incidental hilarity to be found in Helen Childress’s script holds up to this day as an example of how to organically combine comedy and drama. The performances from Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke, with Ryder being at the peak of her career as a leading actress, are terrific, as are the supporting parts played by Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn and Stiller himself as the third leg of the central…
Reality does bite. I know this because i'm human.
I bloody love every single film Winona Ryder stars in (Girl, Interupted being one of my personal favourites). She's so beautiful & talented & I loveeeeee her so much.
Ethan Hawk was hot in this too (didn't find him this attractive in the Before Sunset trilogy, although hes older I think) anyway...
I think I enjoyed this as much because I can relate. It's quite relevant to my past... in a way.... (shh)
I enjoyed this love triangle.
The music.... the laughter, friendship..
Also, I JUST NOTICED THIS WAS DIRECTED BY BEN STILLER!
Reailty Bites is a pretty easy but entertaining watch if your in the mood for a not so captivating movie. I enjoyed it. It managed to make me smile & made me experience those fluffy feelings you get from a romance/awkward love story of the like :)
I'm vickie's journal
Better than Girls
Not even my love for Winona could protect this piece of shit.
<3 winona <3
ethan hawke being fake deep and winona ryder
it really doesn't get any better than this
"Because I'm not retarded mom"
One of many brilliant quotes from this film.
Perfectly captures the vibe of a generation, but also of the age when you have to transition from teenager to adult.
Winona Ryder has an effortless charm although she can't act. The characters are incredibly likable and straight out of a 1990's MTV show like Daria (even though I've never seen that show.) I especially like Vickie who was very funny. Sammy was underdeveloped though...
There was somewhat of a Linklater vibe to this movie, but with a little bit more plot, so that's also good.
Holy crap was Ethan hawkes' character annoying
This challenge seems like a really good idea, since I'm always lamenting not having seen enough classics. However I'm terrible…
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