[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.
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…
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of Reality Bites, the only Ben Stiller film i actually like a great deal. Reality Bites is one of the films of the 1990, dealing with all the questions I had when I had the same age as Troy (Ethan Hawke) and Lelaina (Winona Ryder).
Reality Bites has become one of those films reminding you of how it was to finish college / university and look for a different life, a job, anything, in the 1990's. The funny thing is, though, that allegiances shift in time here. When I was a twentysomething I'd unconditionally support Troy's lifestyle and views. not that I'm older I'm beginning to understand Michael's (Ben Stiller)…
A film that could only have been made in the 90s. Focusing on a foursome of post-college graduates, Reality Bites ostensibly examines the zeitgeist that was Generation X. Teens crossing the border into their early 20s were questioning the attitudes of those that had come before them and were basically asking what they were supposed to do now. Sell out, conform and become corporate slaves? Or attempt to make their own, unique path, even though they have no idea what or where that path leads? The first half of the film depicts that disillusionment and ennui of the group perfectly. They're all living together in a cramped apartment, with shitty jobs (or no job) and attempting to introspectively examine what…
Produção de Danny DeVito e Michael Shamberg com a direção inaugural de Ben Stiller e roteiro de Helen Childress. Reality Bites traz um elenco de peso: Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke e Ben Stiller que fragilmente dirigi esse turbilhão de loucuras juvenis, o inicio é um conto promissor e excêntrico da juventude contemporânea, mas evolui para uma história de amor banal tão previsível quanto qualquer romance de Hollywood, vitimiza o elenco com falas bobas e situações bizarras resultando em romance extramente bobo.
I agreed until the end. Then the cynic in me shot himself.
Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke are two of my favourite actors and they were the reason I wanted to watch this but the movie itself was a gem. I'm glad I watched it at this time in my life because I was able to relate to the main characters. So much so that it caused a tiny nostalgia breakdown. Loved it.
This is definitely the nineties. As fond as I am of many of the people in this film, I am neither fond of the nineties nor its soppy, milquetoast “romantic” “comedies.”
Great movie in almost every way, brought down by the fact that the other characters actually give Ethan Hawke's arrogant-too-fool-for-school-faux-beatnik-wisdom-spouting-wanker of a character the time of day.
In some ways a quintessential 90's film. I don't necessarily mean that as a compliment. Props, however, for effective use of the Houston setting.
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.
See what I did in the title? While I related plenty to the Ferris Buellers and William Millers of the…