[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.
If anyone asks me, "Hey have you seen Reality Bites?"
And my answer would be "Winona Ryder is beautiful"
And after that answer I think we will forget about the movie and start to talk about Winona.
The music of this film was good but used very irregularly. The story was same cheesy young love.
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)…
sunday afternoon. it's never boring to watch those 90's looks.
He's weird, he's strange, he's sloppy, he's a total nightmare for women...I can't believe I haven't slept with him yet.
Reality Bites /bites/. Ugh.
This film follows a group of friends who just graduated from college and now don't really know what to do with their lives. It has the potential to be great, as this feeling of floundering in life is probably one that we all face at some point but I was so bored! Not a lot happens and yes, I understand that is the point, they're stuck in some kind of limbo or state of trance or whatever but it was just so uninteresting. The characters weren't particularly developed or gripping and watching this honestly just felt like a waste of time, which is never a good sign so I stopped watching it about halfway through and I don't intend to…
Many years later, “Reality Bites” remains a stunning, vivid snapshot of Gen X tastes — revering the classics while staking its own claim with bold, brash new voices. I am, of course, referring to a terrific soundtrack, which pristinely preserves mid-’90s moods of mainstream rock, notwithstanding Ethan Hawke’s warbling as the front man of the fictional Hey, That’s My Bike.
The film that spawned it feels more formless and fuzzy now than in 1994 as the fruit of producer Michael Shamberg’s labors to make a film about “people in their 20s.” Like flannel left in Goodwill’s care long ago, my memories of it had faded. Also like flannel, it’s best left a cultural relic at which we now collectively shake…
I liked the way this started off as a stamp for Generation X, but was a little dismayed to see it turn into a rather predictable love story. I can only wonder how this movie would have spoken to me had I seen it in the mid-'90's like someone of my generation was supposed to. I remember my best friend in the late '90's loved this movie, or at least she loved Winona Ryder in this movie, and wow, watching it now, I can see how Ryder from this movie influenced so much about her. Even though the story was pretty standard, I think it has some value for being a time capsule -- perhaps a little extra value for me because of a personal association, and because it reminds me of a time I personally grew up in.
The film captures the wafting 20 something drift of post university work, where you're under and over qualified at the same time and the casting couldn't have been more on point about the 90s. As interesting as the casting and its dated environment is, Ethan Hawke and Winona make for a terrible couple that really suck the life out of the screen, their pretty frustrating and you really don't want them together. Looking at Stiller's filmography particularly his directed filmography it's clear that he is interested in manipulated fronts with inner truths, where instead of the flashy budget of his later work Reality Bites adopts the hopes and dreams of 90s society reworked into the documentary footage and the false…
I've heard a lot of people say that this movie sums up the 90's, but really all I saw was a big product placement ad for anything Hollywood thinks teenagers like. Alright so for a movie dealing with teenage angst and finding ones self, there is no swearing whatsoever! That's not one but realistic, I found all the jokes to be halfassed and just not even funny. Im surprised by the talent here, Ben Stilller I guess needed to do a bad movie before he started the good ones.
I felt bad for Ben Stiller's character, but I suppose he and Winona weren't right for each other. I can't believe it took me so long to watch it!
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