[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…
ethan hawke's character really is insufferable huh? love winona ryder though. i have a crush on her and janeane garofalo
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Much more onboard with the film the second time around, delighting in the datedness and strengths of casting. Yes the language grates and the immature youthfulness pops (also a strength). I also appreciated the visual style more, (hard to tell whether the knowledge that Lubezki was responsible influenced) with a bubbling romanticism about it. Moments of VHS was looking great but I'm glad it's faded from popular use.
Bit of a fan of this indie-ish romcom. One of Ben Stiller's best as a director, and the cause of my nigh-on uncontrollable obsession with Winona Ryder.
Its a Gen X / slacker film set in Texas staring Winona Ryder, with subject matter bitingly close to my own situation and features Ethan Hawke singing a Violent Femmes tune. I should love it, I really really didn't, horrendously inconsistent character development and a frustratingly vapid ending.
Not so cool :(
I liked this movie alot. It reminded me of one of my favorite films chasing Amy, in that I loved the story, I loved the character, but I hated the ending. Over all great movie I really enjoyed it. It has an all star cast that were great. I wish it was longer because I would have liked to see more of her friends stories because the friends just got small sequences that film could have benefited from expanding on those stories. I give it 4 stars. I hate Ethan hawke's character in this he was a complete A hole.
"There's no point to any of this. It's just a random lottery of meaningless tragedy and a series of near escapes."
On aime la performance de Winona Ryder, mais manque sa cible dans l'ensemble.
I took a film class as an elective during my computer science degree a long time ago. I may have…