Reality Bites

Reality Bites 1994

Gen-X romantic comedy with MTV style about college friends adjusting to post-grad life. Very popular with mainstream comedy fans under 30 for its sharply drawn characters, hip humor, realistic flavour.
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Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke and Ben Stiller star this wildly romantic comedy that looks at life, love and the pursuit of gainful employment through the eyes of a generation sandwiched somewhere between The Brady Bunch and Melrose Place! As her college valedictorian, Lelaina Pierce (Ryder) should be destined for greatness. In reality she is a lonely production assistant for an obnoxious TV morning show host (John Mahoney). In her free time, Lelaina is making a biting, often outrageous video documentary about her peers: promiscuous, 70s-crazed roommate Vickie (Janeane Garofalo), sexually repressed Sammy (Steve Zahn) and best friend Tray (Hawke), a brilliant but unmotivated rebel. Meanwhile, Lelaina meets Michael (Stiller), an ambitious video executive who wants to showcase her documentary on In Your Face TV. Suddenly, she finds herself at the centre of a very odd love triangle with dependable, fast-track Michael on the one side and a sexy, brooding Tray on the other.

Member Reviews

  • Eh, take it or leave it. A little slow in the middle, but a good gen-x film. Guess i'm too old to really love this :/ 3 stars.

  • Brilliant gen-X movie. Beautiful acting, great plot and such great one liner "You, me and five bucks". The Gen-X version of today's series "Girls", but I think a lot less superficial. Love this film.

  • Gen-X classic! It doesn't seem that long since it was released ... before Gen-Y obsessed culture took over the world, no social media, people actually talking and relating to one another.

  • Fantastic film that all Gen-Xers can relate to. Also, from a female perpective, you can't help noticing how attractive Ethan Hawke is in this film!! I stole the answering machine message that is played at the end of the film (it has played on my machine for almost ten years and still gets people's interesting replies) and many of the one-liners from this film were brilliant! "You look like a doily" - classic!

  • I've heard this movie is a "cult movie", how "real" the movie is. I struggled to watch it. Just seemed like a bunch of lazy kids, smoking pot and making a video. I like the soundtrack though, had a few Crowded House songs - I'm a big fan.

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