[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.
Found myself surprisingly caring about the story and the characters which resulted in me being unhappy with the conclusion.
Great movie, loved it!
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…
Holy crap was Ethan hawkes' character annoying
i wish 90's winona would marry me :(
this film made me feel so much i'm so grateful for movies that fill me up with emotion - good or bad - i hope one day i can make others feel this much with my art.
Winona Ryder is luminous in this film, the queen of cute endearing reactions. Joining her in this sweet romantic comedy are future three time academy award winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, an amazing soundtrack, a true to life script that sounds like it could have been written by Richard Linklater (maybe that's cause of Ethan Hawke also), and an overall charming love story, the type that you wish for if you're a romantic little bitch like myself.
Also fun fact this film was released two days before I was a born, so I guess I was born on a Sunday and a bunch of film producers were pissed off how this underperformed that day.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"There's no secret handshake. There's an IQ prerequisite, but there's no secret handshake."
This hits closer to home than I'd like to admit. I love this movie so much, and I guess it's not only because I relate to both Lelaina's messy personality or Troy Dyer's sarcasm personally, but also because of sociological reasons. I'm a 90's kid, so I'm supposedly more able to share these character's points of view in life...
it's clear to see, as many here have pointed out, how all this intellectualist bullshit and the cultural references are the beginning of our contemporary traits, social network activism, consumerism (it's books and shit, but anyway), plus, self-loathing and making fun of oneself turned cool (although this one…
Ngl I wouldn't mind a modern day sequel to this, Ben Stiller get on that.
Gen X are the worst kind of humans to swallow, but their elitist perspective couldn't stop me from loving this film
Espero que haya sido solo mi mood del momento, pero no me pareció tan buena como antes 😔
i love winona ryder
thanks for existing ethan hawke
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