[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)…
One of the better coming of age films with a stellar performance from Ethan Hawke. Ben Stiller's rare role in a non comedic film was quite refreshing but was definitely overshadowed by Ethan Hawke's sharp acting.
Part of my Best of Sundance series.
If this movie isn't the 90s then I don't know what is.
While Winona Ryder & Ethan Hawke are great, I wish the film explored the supporting cast more. But I guess they "kind of" had the their shit together and the movie really is about being lost in a world you thought you understood.
I want to love this more. All the elements are there. The actors, the music. But it just comes off a little generic and average. I guess you could say it mirrors reality, but I just wanted a little more bite.
Enjoyable but pretty average Gen-X movie. I think it's quite underwhelming because it feels a little too safe, it's not particularly funny and it also doesn't really have much to say, especially when you compare it to similar movies like Richard Linklater's Slacker. It does have that trademark Stiller heart at its core though, which makes it quite charming and an easy viewing. Plus it's always a treat to watch Ethan Hawke & Steve Zahn.
indie a su maxima potencia, los personajes me enamoran, sin duda es una de esas pelis de culto de amor, la adore.
"I was really gonna be something by the age of 23."
"Honey, all you have to be by the age of 23 is yourself."
Words to live by. Reality Bites is a comedy about love in the 90s; doesn't that say it all? Whenever I'm stressed out about my future and my career, my go-to movie is Reality Bites. Puts everything back into perspective as I remember that all I have to be, is myself.
"You and me and five bucks."
I liked this movie a lot more when my mom and I rented it. (Before I started doing these 'reviews,' I didn't realize how many movies we watched while I was growing up. We must have rented at least three or four per week). This was like the scary adulthood people my brother's age were dealing with. I saw this again a few years ago and found it slightly funnier and way more depressing. Not a movie that stood out particularly to me though I got a kick out of Ryder's 'conservative' dating ensembles. Man, it's those people that are un-fucking willing to follow a dress code, not people my age. (with the exception of jeans/yoga pants though personally, I…
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.
Everybody has either a film star or character that they had a crush on during their formative years. So which…