Reality Bites
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  • "...I WANT YOU TO GET OUT THERE AND SHOW ME SOME INGENUITY!"
    I absolutely LOVE this movie; so much so, that it is hard to find the words to express to you how much. But I'll give it "the ole college try." (Ha) The screenplay is fantastic, the characters are developed to perfection and the entire cast makes them come alive. REALITY BITES to me is a great example of TEAMWORK. Hats off to everyone involved!

    I give REALITY BITES five stars because it is clever, emotional, thought-provoking (lots of "what ifs" for me), entertaining, and it's one of a few movies I own that I can watch repeatedly and enjoy each time. (The first time was the best for me though.)

    The entire movie is terrific; however, I especially enjoyed the love triangle between Lelaina, Michael and Troy. You can't see the ending coming because both Troy and Michael have qualities Lalaina wants and needs in a man. But she can only choose one. (That stinks doesn't it? Ha!) I believe she made the right choice for her and the same one I would have made.

    REALITY BITES is a great date movie, to enjoy with friends, or solo. Bottom line--you have got to see REALITY BITES.

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    LALAINA: "I was really going to be something by the age of twenty-three."

    TROY? MICHAEL?: "Honey, all you have to be by the age of twenty-three is YOURSELF."

    You will have to watch the movie to find out who says those words to her because HE is the one that truly loves her. Another reason I give REALITY BITES five stars is because it makes me wonder what would have happened if she had picked the other man....more info

  • Reality Bites and so does this DVD
    I think Ben Stiller is a very talented individual, thank God nobody held this waste of 99 minutes against him.
    If you identify with self-absorbed, pampered and immature Gen-Xers, hey great, but I spend enough time in real life trying to avoid these negative slouches, I'm sorry I deliberately visited their shallow world here.
    Winona Ryders offscreen shoplifting and pill-popping troubles make her undisciplined, whiny and self-pitying role here easy to swallow, but it's still something you would not want anywhere near your plate.Watching her kvetch about the world being against her and abuse her rich daddy's credit privileges would make Gahndi want to smack her. 40 hours a week of hard labor and a little sunshine would probably do wonders for her on and off-screen persona.
    Fellow pillhead/whiner co-star Garafolo hits a funny one-liner or two, but the subplot of her HIV scare is weak and she rates straight zeroes and F's as a dramatic actress.Janeane is not without worth though,I think she's great for cameos like in "The Cable Guy" but as a supporting star, a lead ("Truth About Cats and Dogs") she's just not equipped with a personality or talent worth investing emotionally in.
    This movie leans toward chick-flickdom with a romantic decision to be made by Ryders character. No big surprise who she chooses, by the time that's happened, little growth or resolution worthy of applause has occurred in these contemptous nitwits lives, the viewer is likely bored,unsatisfied and 99 minutes closer to death.
    AVOID this LOSER like a vomiting hobo....more info
  • A classic!
    This movie changed my life. How? The books that the character 'Troy' (Ethan Hawke) either reads or references in the movie. Sure, it's a great movie but what meant the most for me was the director's or writer's (or whoever it was) choice to use or reference the following books: Martin Heidegger's "Being and Time", Robert Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" and John Steinbeck's "The Winter of Our Discontent". Read those books and you will be forever changed!

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  • Winona's good but the real star of this film is Janeane
    "Reality Bites" is one of the most funny, refreshing, insightful films in recent years. Filled with realistic characters and multitudinous pop culture references (which add a great deal to the fun), this movie is definitely a winner. The best performance, however, is usually overlooked. That is that of Ms Janeane Garofolo, who plays Winona's friend, Vickie. That description can hardly do justice to the brilliance with which Janeane creates her character, Vickie, a cynical, funny, dissatisfied yet dedicated person who through much of the film is wondering about whether or not she has AIDS. Her brilliant performance, a mixture of hilarious comedy and deep, touching pathos is what reaches this film to a level above all the rest out there. Admittedly, the role of wisecracking best friend could have been a one-dimensional role but she creates a person out of Vickie--a person anyone would love to be best friends with. The most hilarious moment in the film has to be the "dramatization" she and her gay friend make of how he will come out to his parents. She is a riot. Plain and simple....more info
  • No, the film bites
    No, this film bites! Has there ever been another film where the main characters are so unlikable? Winona Ryder is supposed to be the valedictorian of her class, and her acquaintance Ethan Hawke is routinely described as having a "high IQ" - yet they are both lazy, criminally inclined and, well, unlikable. Ben Stiller plays a buffoon executive who is so inarticulate as to invite audience scorn.

    Nor are the situations plausible. Ryder, the "valedictorian," forgets the final pages of her speech and can't perform simple arithmetic after 3 attempts. (???) Later, at work she whines, "I only make $300 dollars a WEEK!!!" If the producers had done any research into a typical valedictorian, they might have found out that most get there by hard work and discipline, can actually perform simple math, and have decent starter jobs lined up far in advance of graduation.

    But ignoring that for the moment, you still have to wonder why the producers were so off-base on Gen-Xers, presumably their target audience. If they had bothered to check, they would have found tons of minimum wage earners (which, at the time the movie came out, was LESS than $200 per week!), kids sharing housing with 10-15 friends to make ends meet, second hand cars or no cars at all, no health insurance, or living with mom just to survive etc. - and most of them not going ballistic about it either. But instead, we have Winona in a professional job atmosphere - no hedge trimming or dish washing here - making a reasonable starter wage, which we are supposed to believe is unbearable. Apparently since Hollywood types have a tough time making it on $1,000,000+ per year, they figure only the homeless earn $300 per week.

    So, Ryder, up to her armpits in "angst," embarrasses the guy she's working for on national TV and gets fired. She then sits around in her apartment aimlessly, calls the psychic hotline and steals hundreds of dollars from her father. Yes, this is your valedictorian displaying the work habits that got her to the top of her class.

    Ethan Hawke is lazy, criminally inclined, and irritating. So, naturally Ryder falls for him. That, I guess, is the only redeemable point in the movie. When viewers want to know "how on EARTH could SHE take up with HIM??" the answer is, correctly, "hey, reality bites."

    It's too bad to see talented actors wasted in a film like this, because they deserve better.
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  • DEFINITELY ONE OF MY FAVORITES!
    I've only seen this movie a couple times but I definitley love it because it is one of the best movies I have ever seen! My best friend Sarah made me watch it one day and i instantly felt the need to buy it! I definitely recommend it!!!...more info
  • This reality feels just right...
    I think that `Reality Bites' has been unfairly labeled as thin and hollow. I actually feel as though the film tackles its issues with grace and delicacy, handling the subject in a way that feels complete when the credits begin to roll. The film was never meant to be a weighty message type film but more a relaxed look at real concerns of the youths of the 90's (or `Generation X'). For what it sets out to do, I think `Reality Bites' works very well. When you couple the finely crafted script with the exceptional cast and Ben Stiller's surprisingly attune direction you have a very entertaining and satisfying cinematic experience.

    The film follows a group of friends after they graduate from college and struggle to decide what to do with their lives. Their lives in general are being documented by Lelaina, an aspiring filmmaker. She passes around her video camera asking her friends intimate questions and capturing their every moment on film in order to document the struggles of the average young adult. Her friends include the promiscuous Vickie (Garofalo in a sublime supporting performance), the slacker Troy and the closeted Sammy. Together they make for an interesting group, and when you add in Michael Grates, a video executive who takes a liking to Lelaina after a fender-bender causes them to meet.

    The script allows the cast to really sink into the issues their breed of young adult faces in a world that is not ready to accept them despite the fact that they are finely crafted. They are over-educated and under-appreciated and cast into a world that doesn't `get' them. Each actor really grabs hold of their character and delivers a strong and passionate performance. Janeane Garofalo is wonderful as Vickie, really getting the sense of her characters fears and ambitions. Steve Zahn is good as Sammy, but he does take a backseat to the rest of the cast. Ethan Hawke and Ben Stiller are both superbly cast as the two opposite ends of Lelaina's love life. Hawke creates a very believable mess inside of Troy, and Stiller finds new depths of sincerity in order to make Michael a likable and nearly lovable man. The real star is Winona Ryder though, who just illuminates each scene as Lelaina. She had such a wonderful year (with this and her Oscar nominated turn in `Little Women') that it is a shame to see that her star has faded to date.

    In the end I must say that I was very impressed with `Reality Bites', and am pleasantly surprised to say that it is one of the hidden (or maybe more or less misunderstood) gems of the year that was 1994. Sure, the year in general was not overly impressive (aside from a few amazing films it was rather dull), but `Reality Bites' is one of the highlights of the year, and is definitely better than the film that ultimately won Best Picture (don't hate me because I'm right)....more info
  • I Loved this Movie!
    I Loved this movie! It had everything: comedy, realism, and the ability to make you laugh and cry. The acting is superb. Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn and Ben Stiller are excellent.
    Lelaina Pierce (Ryder) is the valedoctorian of her college and should have her entire life mapped out for her, but all she has is a job at a morning talk show called 'Good Morning Grant' where she makes barely enough money to cover her rent. (For all those Frasier fans out there Grant is well acted by John Mahoney who plays Frasier's father on the show.) Her best friend Vickie (Garofalo) has just been promoted to manager at the Gap, and her other friend Sammy (Zahn) is coming to terms with his sexuality. Troy (Hawke) is her other troubled best friend who is the lead singer of a band and is in love with Lelaina. Lelaina videotapes all her friends making a documentary about their lives and their troubles, and she meets a guy named Michael (Stiller) who she begins dating, and who wants to turn her documentary into a television show for the network he works for called In Your Face TV.
    The movie has a plot that appears so simple, yet it applies to everyone everywhere. It tries to answer the question: what to do when you just get out of college and where should life go?
    Lelaina is also trapped in a love triangle and has to decide who she wants to be with more: Hawke, her closest friend or Stiller (who makes an excellent directorial debut), someone who loves Lelaina but also wants to profit from her documentary.
    There are cameos from actors such as Renee Zellweiger, David Spade, and Swoozie Kurtz (who plays Lelaina's mother in one scene).
    This film is one of my favorite movies of all time and is one that should be more well-known. It also has a fiere soundtrack, featuring artists like the Knack (Sharona), and Lisa Loeb, so I highly suggest you buy that as well.
    "There's no point to all of this. It's just a random lottery of meaningless tragedy and a series of near escapes. So I take pleasure in the details. You know... a quarter-pounder with chesse, those are good, the sky before it starts to rain, the moment where your laughter becomes a cackle... and I, I sit back and smoke my Camel Straights and I ride my own melt..."-Troy from Reality Bites...
    SO BUY THE MOVIE!...more info
  • BIG GULP, GO TO 7-ELEVEN AND GET YOURSELF A BIG GULP!
    College Grads, Mininum Wage, The Gap, Slackers, Roommates, Disco,Friends with Benefits, Health Clinic, My Sharona (80's song), Spoofing "The Real World"and MTV, Chain Smoking,and Your Gas Card. Everything 90's, and Generation " Slacker" X, need a course this is your lesson, typical Hollywood ending of course, but nothing short of perfect of an unperfect time with low spectations of a generation. JEANNE GARAFALO HILARIOUS, "I am Hungry". (conversation assumes)Lets Order Pizza. I Dont Have Cash. I can write a check. Oh Wait. ( Ryder holds up a gas card) Garafolo replies, Gas we are going to eat gas....more info
  • Oh please.
    Halfway through RB Ben Stiller makes an extremely prophetic comment. This comment describes exactly the level of insight into life that the viewer can expect from RB. Stiller comments that he (as a TV exec) knows more about what a woman needs than Ethan Hawke, with all his (Hawke's) IQ and his sophomoric ramblings.

    Unfortunately that is not the message this flick is trying to convey, since we end up being expected to believe that Ethan, with his criminal habits, has the inside track on life. Great. If this is what we can expect from GenX then God help us, it's time to invest our future somewhere outside the U.S.

    In this movie we have 4 losers.

    We don't learn much about Steve Zahn, outside that he acts like a druggie and is gay. But the other three are definitely on the fast track to nowhere.

    Janeane Garofolo is a promiscuous slut and we are expected to feel sorry for her when (I guess, it's all sort of vague) she contracts HIV. D'uh. Her diary shows 66 partners and she can't seem to remember the name of the dude she just slept with.

    Winona Ryder plays another GenX idiot who blows a perfectly decent job because, apparently, the people who hired her expect her to do the duties they hired her to do. This is too much for her. After all she is 23 years old and has a college degree! After she embarasses the guy she's working for on national TV she can't figure out why no one else in the industry will hire her! She actually proves that he was right to not want her as his assisstant. What an idiot she is. But we are supposed to think she is "hip" and her boss (who's paying the salary by the way) is wrong. She then "handles" her unemployment problems by running up huge phone bills on the psychic hotline. What a double idiot. She then "handles" her money problems by running a credit card scam, stealing hundreds of dollars from her father. She basically portrays a criminal. All her life she has been given just about everything on a platter and she rewards the people who helped her with criminal acts.

    Then we come to the worst loser of the bunch. Ethan Hawke can't even hold a job at a newsstand. The reason is simple. He is so low on any sort of understanding of the concepts of right and wrong that he steals from his employer. He then sponges off his friends, living rent free and doing nothing to earn it, sneaking his laundry into theirs... you get the picture. But I guess that since he has such a "high IQ" we are supposed to feel his angst. He's just too "smart" to be required to actually do something valuable to earn his keep. He just deserves to live free on everyone else's nickel because he read a few books by Hegel and Kant once. His "philosophy" is unbelieveably simplistic, but as for that there is nothing that anyone is going to learn philosophy-wise in college that hasn't been known since the Egyptians and the Greeks anyhow. But this guy wears his insane nihilistic beliefs like a badge of honor. He is simply lazy and a criiminal and the reason his life is a mess is no mystery at all. He simply has mucked it up on his own. The way he treats Ryder is beneath contempt. And, honestly, anyone who tried to treat me in as contemptible fashion as he did Ben Stiller would learn some manners really quickly as he picked his teeth up off the floor. She naturally dumps Stiller,who offers her everything, for Hawke, who has given and will give nothing but grief.

    The only character with any redeeming qualities in this abominable waste of celluloid is Ben Stiller. At least he has a job. He is involved in the entertainment industry. But true to form, when he tries to make Ryder's sophomoric video documentary into something actually entertaining, he is held in contempt for selling out or something like that.

    The parents are, naturally, depicted as members of the establishment, unable to understand their GenX children, only interested in money.. yadda yadda yadda... you've heard it all before. But it was done in an entertaining fashion in "The Graduate". RB is a sort of a 90's Bataan Death March. However the "prisoners" are too psychotic to see that the "guards" really are trying to help them out. These GenX dweebs are just too hung up in their own self-importance to ever really see that. So they blithely march down the path of self-destruction and treat every opportunity they come across as some sort of horrible torture.

    To be successful in life you have to be able to provide something of value that other people want and are willing to pay for. Does GenX believe that they deserve to live well without doing anything for it? Apparently the real (and unintentional) lesson this movie teaches is that Genx has it so incredibly easy that these people have to contrive really stupid situations in order to create an apparency that their lives have any sort of value. Even the baby boomers had the Vietnam War to force them to some semblance of maturity. This movie depicts GenX as the biggest generation of spoiled brats and losers in history.

    I don't believe that GenX deserves to be treated this contemptibly....more info

  • Good movie, bad ending
    I really enjoyed this movie and I'm very picky about which movies I like. Winona Ryder did an excellent job in her role as a disillusioned college graduate. The script has some great dialog and a lot of pop references... the scene making fun of the MTV is HYSTERICAL! I recently rented this movie and watched it two times... one of the better movies I've seen in a while. Here's where my complaint comes in... the story somehow develops into a love triangle (I really didn't see the movie as a whole driven by this as many people do)..... but am I the only one that thinks Lelaina picked the wrong guy? I mean I dont want to spoil anything but the one she picked was a real jerk to her..... Well, watch it for yourself this isn't some GenX cliche.. it's a very good movie....more info
  • No, the film bites
    No, this film bites! Has there ever been another film where the main characters are so unlikable? Winona Ryder is supposed to be the valedictorian of her class, and her acquaintance Ethan Hawke is routinely described as having a "high IQ" - yet they are both lazy, criminally inclined and, well, unlikable. Ben Stiller plays a buffoon executive who is so inarticulate as to invite audience scorn.

    Nor are the situations plausible. Ryder, the "valedictorian," forgets the final pages of her speech and can't perform simple arithmetic after 3 attempts. (???) Later, at work she whines, "I only make $300 dollars a WEEK!!!" If the producers had done any research into a typical valedictorian, they might have found out that most get there by hard work and discipline, can actually perform simple math, and have decent starter jobs lined up far in advance of graduation.

    But ignoring that for the moment, you still have to wonder why the producers were so off-base on Gen-Xers, presumably their target audience. If they had bothered to check, they would have found tons of minimum wage earners (which, at the time the movie came out, was LESS than $200 per week!), kids sharing housing with 10-15 friends to make ends meet, second hand cars or no cars at all, no health insurance, or living with mom just to survive etc. - and most of them not going ballistic about it either. But instead, we have Winona in a professional job atmosphere - no hedge trimming or dish washing here - making a reasonable starter wage, which we are supposed to believe is unbearable. Apparently since Hollywood types have a tough time making it on $1,000,000+ per year, they figure only the homeless earn $300 per week.

    So, Ryder, up to her armpits in "angst," embarrasses the guy she's working for on national TV and gets fired. She then sits around in her apartment aimlessly, calls the psychic hotline and steals hundreds of dollars from her father. Yes, this is your valedictorian displaying the work habits that got her to the top of her class.

    Ethan Hawke is lazy, criminally inclined, and irritating. So, naturally Ryder falls for him. That, I guess, is the only redeemable point in the movie. When viewers want to know "how on EARTH could SHE take up with HIM??" the answer is, correctly, "hey, reality bites."

    It's too bad to see talented actors wasted in a film like this, because they deserve better.
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  • a random lottery of meaningless tragedy and a series of near escapes
    [Reality Bites] is the story of four students who graduate and find themselves facing, well, reality. Troy Dyer [Ethan Hawke] is an intelligent but shiftless slacker. He plays in a band, but other than that, can't hold down a job to save his life. He has a thing for Lelaina Pierce [Winona Ryder] but the two fight the inevitable, afraid of commitment, or afraid that their friendship will suffer. Lelaina has a good job at a local TV morning show, but she hates it. She astutely judges it to be insipid, but on top of that, they won't give her documentary a chance. She lives with her friend Vickie Miner (Janeane Garofalo) who works at The Gap, and is promoted to manager. Her love life is a series of one-night stands that she ends before they can dump her, a pre-emptive strike. She worries that she has AIDS; meanwhile gay friend Sammy Gray (Steve Zahn) doesn't have that worry because he is celibate, too uptight about telling his parents to get involved with anyone. Troy, ever the slacker, starts sleeping on Lelaina and Vickie's couch--just for a while so he can get a job and pay rent somewhere--in your dreams.

    Vickie Miner: Welcome to the Maxi Pad.

    Ben Stiller directs this movie and he also plays yuppie Michael Grates, whose name was chosen because his character grates, though he is charming, in a cheesy, feckless way.

    Lelaina: He's so cheesy; I can't watch him without crackers.

    Not sure if that quote was about Michael, but anyway, he meets Lelaina when she throws a cigarette into his car while he is talking on his cell. The resulting crash throws them together, much to Troy's chagrin. When Michael starts coming around to "The Maxi Pad" to see Lelaina, he has to put up with Troy glaring at him from the couch.

    Michael Grates: Have I stepped over some line in the sands of coolness with you? Because excuse me if somebody doesn't know the secret handshake with you.
    Troy Dyer: There's no secret handshake. There's an IQ prerequisite, but there's no secret handshake.

    The best Dyer/Grates confrontation is one where Michael struggles to compare him to the character of Yorrick the Jester in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

    Hamlet: "Alas, poor Yorrick. I knew him, Horatio."

    Michael makes a fool of himself, clearly out of his league with wishing there was another Troy to burn. The best he can muster is "you sit back there in clever-clever land..." Actually kind of a good pun and also an allusion to Peter Pan, insinuating that Troy is refusing to grow up and face reality. However, Michael has the last laugh here, because he, unlike Troy, knows that he loves Lelaina and commitment is the least of his fears. Later on, Troy scores with this dismissal of his rival:

    Troy Dyer: He's the reason Cliffs Notes were invented.


    [Reality Bites] opens with a college graduation, but throughout cuts back and forth between Reality and video bites of that reality being documented by Leilana Pierce (Winona Ryder). She is the valedictorian of her class, but in her speech, she has all the questions facing her generation, but her only answer is "I don't know." The film, and also the documentary she is working on, try to answer the questions, too.

    [Reality Bites] encapsulates an era, it kind of sums up the whole Generation X zeitgeist, and it also boasts probably the best roles of their respective careers for both Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke. The characters those two play in Reality Bites are, like the actors themselves, very talented, yet frustrating in their refusal to "live up to their potential."

    And the film itself didn't live up to its potential at the box office either. It cost about 11 million, but grossed only about 18 million. Not a total flop, but not what they had hoped for either. Yet, in retrospect, the film's achievement is that it did capture the mood of that era, and showed the angst of Generation X.

    Troy Dyer: [On answering machine] "At the beep please leave your name, number and a brief justification for the ontological necessity of modern man's existential dilemma and we'll get back to you."

    Ironically, though it snaps an accurate Polaroid of Generation X, the studios didn't want to market it as such, and avoided mentioning the Gen X-ness of it all as if it was a diagnosis of AIDS.

    [Reality Bites] was based on a screenplay Helen Childress wrote in 1990 called Blue By You, Helen was hired by producer Michael Shamberg to write a film about people in their twenties. For three years she wrote and rewrote Reality Bites, generating 70 different drafts. Childress used her friends, their personalities and experiences as the basis for her film, even secretly tape-recording conversations. She took the name Troy Dyer from a childhood friend who would later try to sue her. Ben Stiller signed on to direct in 1992 and worked for many months with Childress to develop the screenplay. The script was initially turned down by all the Hollywood studios because it tried to capture the Generation X market like [Singles] and that film flopped at the box office.

    After completing several period pieces, Winona Ryder was drawn to [Reality Bites] because she was looking "for something a little more contemporary because I really wanted to wear blue jeans for a change." After reading the script in one sitting she "found it very true to life." She went on to speculate, "I think my character is very close to what I would probably have ended up as if I hadn't become an actress."

    Charlie Sheen said this of Winona: "She was a sweet girl, but when she grew up I started to have a crush on her which lasts to this day. I also chose her film name. She was known as Horowitz and I said she should change it. We were listening to a lot of Doors music, including the tracks Riders On The Storm, and I said she should change her name to Rider with a Y. The next thing, she's Winona Ryder. No one believes me, but that's the truth."

    The movie is pretty entertaining, as a boy meets girl, boy loses girl, love triangle, but it was also prescient about the coming rise of reality shows, and the ubiquitous product placement that would soon become the norm. It hit the nail squarely on the head with a great scene that skewers the habit of Gen Xers to overuse the word "Irony" while completely lacking a clue as to its definition. Of course, overeducated Troy does know the definition of irony, but he is one of the chief violators when it comes to indiscriminate product placement. It is hard for him to open his mouth without mentioning a product:

    Troy Dyer: There's no point to any of this. It's all just a... a random lottery of meaningless tragedy and a series of near escapes. So I take pleasure in the details. You know... a quarter-pounder with cheese, those are good, the sky about ten minutes before it starts to rain, the moment where your laughter become a cackle... and I, I sit back and I smoke my Camel Straights and I ride my own melt.

    But ultimately, Reality Bites manages to take the crass commercialism, the hopeful optimism, and all the yearning for something better, of a generation in a unique place and time, and like Troy, make it into poetry.


    TEN ESSENTIAL FILMS OF WINONA RYDER BESIDES REALITY BITES:

    Beetlejuice (1988) Winona played Lydia along with an over-the-top Michael Keaton in the title role.

    Heathers - 20th High School Reunion Edition (1989) Winona played Veronica Sawyer in this classic comedy. Says Winona: "It's a brilliant piece of literature, and I call it literature because it really is. I held it up next to 'Catcher in the Rye' and all the great books that I've read."

    Great Balls of Fire! (1989) Winona plays child bride Myra Gale Brown with Dennis Quaid as Jerry Lee Lewis.

    Mermaids (1990) Winona was Charlotte Flax, Christina Ricci was little sister Kate, and Cher played the unconventional mom. When Winona was asked why she always played teenagers, during a press junket for Mermaids in 1990 she replied: "Like, I'm nineteen. What am I supposed to do, play a judge?!"

    Edward Scissorhands (Widescreen Anniversary Edition) (1990) Winona Ryder played Kim, alongside Johnny Depp in the title role. They were an item for a while, and Johnny had "Winona Forever" tattooed. When forever came, he altered it to read "Wino Forever."

    The Age of Innocence (1993) Winona played May Welland in this period piece directed by Martin Scorsese.

    Little Women (Collector's Edition) (1994) Coming from Petaluma, Winona was really touched by the shocking abduction and murder of Polly Klaas, and she persuaded Universal Pictures to turn the February 1994 Los Angeles premiere of Reality Bites into a benefit for the Polly Klaas Foundation. She also had enough clout to see that Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" - Polly's favorite book - was made into Little Women, with Winona in the title role of Jo March and the film dedicated to Polly Hannah Klaas.

    Alien Resurrection (1997) Winona played the part of Annalee Call. Is that like a booty call? Says Winona: "I couldn't hold my own against Sigourney Weaver and those special effects. I still don't know what I was doing in that movie. I look at it now and realize I really didn't belong. I'm just this little girl running around."

    Girl, Interrupted (1999) Winona played troubled Susanna Kaysen, but was out crazed by Angelina Jolie. Winona says: "I read biographies of the greats, and they were so messed up that I thought I'd better mess myself up. But I couldn't. I'm too small."

    A Scanner Darkly (2006) Winona plays Donna Hawthorne in this attempt to finally get a Philip K. Dick book on the screen with its integrity intact. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr. and Keanu Reeves, but everyone is rotoscopped so that they appear as animated cartoons. This was supposed to save money on special effects, but it flopped anyway. It might be an undiscovered classic, but I haven't been able to see it, either in a theater or on DVD. It disappeared without a trace, except that according to the Hollywood gossip, Keanu is now dating Winona. Can't you see them together? It is just so crazy that it just might work.


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  • Gen X revisited
    The 90's, in retrospect, were a wonderful time. Oh, the flannel, the Starbucks, the grunge, and Kennedy from MtV. So much great music! If you're a Gen X'er longing for those glory days and remembering all those aspects, "REALITY BITES" is one of those films that will take you back. Forget about how fast we're getting old by wasting 90 minutes with this loveable cast. In fact, make it a 90's memory-lane triple header by watching "SINGLES" and "CLERKS" as well!...more info
  • Winona Forevery
    Johnny Dept couldn't have tattooed it better. He got the Winona Forever tattoo back when they were a couple, and that is what this movie is about. Who will get to spend the rest of there life with her? In a GenX fashioned love story, Reality Bites tries to show how to fall in love in a commercial and profit based world. Ben Stiller accurately portrays the money motivated individual, who cares more about making it then living life by his own terms. Unfortunately, this is the path that most people must take to survive. Ethan Hawke tries to live life on his own terms, but comes off more like a tool of the Tobacco Company. Winona has to choose between these flawed characters, neither of whom are strong enough to provide her the kind of love she deserves. This is her best role, and her acting is amazing. She looks amazing too. I wonder if director Ben asked her not to where a bra, because there is a pretty blatant change in her posture when she exits a building that's tough to overlook. But I'm not complaining. She definitely carries this movie, and even though both guys are idiots- they are the kind of guys most women get stuck with but don't always know it. In the end, the old feel sorry me approach (by whom I wont divulge), wins over Winona and they're left together with some satifaction but a little 'what do we do now feeling' like at the end of the Graduate. If you love this movie, it's worth owning on DVD for it's nice picture, letterbox format, and excellent reply value. It's one of my favorites....more info
  • A VERY GOOD MOVIE
    I watched this movie a long time ago so I do not remember excatly what I thought about it - I just remember I really loved it, and if I will just get my father's premission to use his credit card... I'll buy it as soon as I can.

    Besides, it was the first Ethan Hawke movie I saw - and ever since then I've seen more movies of him and he's my favorite actor now. You can say Winona Ryder is one of my favorite actresses too - I just love her!...more info

  • Sooooooo under-rated !
    An almost unknown movie, this is one of my favorite Wynona Rider movies. Her characterisation of a somehow disgruntled young teenager wishing to make something of her life as soon as possible is simply brilliant. Ethan Hawke and Ben Stiller flirt around her, and again opposites attract as the beautiful Hawke seduces the belle by going through a lot of happenstances and quid pro quos. In the end, both of them have grown a lot and have changed, become more mature and with eyes more open at life. See it and love it ^_^...more info
  • Unfunny, unlikable idiots behave as you expect
    The script stunk, and the ending was worse. nuff said...more info
  • i've watched this 394405 times
    and it is really good. superb acting. it makes you wanna watch it over and over again because it's funny , it's romantic [not the titanic-type, please] and it's just pure FUN watching these 4 friends getting along and just going completely nuts! sure Troy talks big and all but oh come on, the movie was just full of sarcasm and clever-wit. what is wrong with clever-wits? at least each character in the movie [the 4 friends AND michael] responded well to them. no one were being put down in the movie. i don't know.. i really wouldn't mind these clever-talk movies once in awhile. but the bottom line is - this movie is entertaining from the start till the end. so watch it!...more info
  • "Singles" remake, but without any new insights.
    This unoriginal knock-off of Singles (1992) glorifies losers who find no purpose in their life, and make little effort to find it. The whole camera-in-the-face-of-virgins-of-the-real-world idea, first seen in Singles, has so much more potential than realized in this film, which has our chain-smoking heroine chosing between two equally unworthy suitors, a stereotypical business-suit Jewish yuppie with no life, and an equally stereotypical artistic drifter with no ambition....more info
  • Here's some reality for you....
    I've been out of high school for six years now, and I STILL can't understand why so many of my 'hip' classmates thought Winona Ryder was such an icon. With the exception of "Beetlejuice" (which led to thousands of girls dying their hair black and proclaiming themselves 'Goths') and maybe "How To Make An American Quilt," name something substantial that Ryder has done.

    "Reality Bites" was the talk of my senior year--"Dude, it was made for US"..."Its 'The Breakfast Club' of the 90s"..."Ethan Hawke is, like, such a hottie" (yes, that word was used back then, too) Here's the fat and skinny on "Reality Bites"--apart from the good music, it's a cliched, muddled film about young adults who pride themselves on being 'hip' (as opposed to 'cool'). You know the type--they shop in independant record stores, wear Docs and Birkenstocks, use Salinger and TS Eliot quotes as the "witty conversation" portion of a date, and think being seen holding a double mocha latte will make you seem intelligent. If you are one of these templates, this is the movie for you. If you want real movies about the young adult experience, try a Greg Arraki (pre 'Doom Generation') film or "Over The Edge" or "Kids."...more info

  • An honest look at a drifting generation
    The opening speech by Lelaina (Winona Ryder) at the beginning sets an accurate mood for the rest of the film: optimism tinged with confusion and a lack of direction. In reality, the young adults in this film depict only a small slice of their generation, those who "aren't interested in the counterculture that they [our parents] invented as if we did not see them disembowel their revolution for a pair of running shoes." I may be a few years behind the generation portrayed in the film, but I'm not entirely without empathy for the restless plight of this group of slackers. Even so, the speech is a horrible oversimplification of the generation gap of the time, and the film is more easily digested if the core group of characters is seen as only one slice of a very large generation.

    There is a lot of similarity between Reality Bites and films like Garden State and Harold and Maude, sharing the same ennui and restlessness that seems insatiable and overwhelming. The striking difference, though, is Reality Bites' strong sense of friendship and community as a means of overcoming this ennui. I felt that if any of these characters were left entirely to himself, he would commit suicide, and the core group of friends is what saved them all.

    Unfortunately, their friendships are not enough to keep them from slipping into a dangerous selfishness and narcissism: Lelaina refuses for a while to find a paying job, and only seems to be attracted to Troy (Ethan Hawke) because of the emotions he conjures up in her; Troy, even after saying that she is the only woman he could commit to, says, "You can't navigate me, I might do mean things, and I might hurt you and I might run away without your permission"; Vickie (Janeane Garofalo) is addicted to sex but hates the thought of a lasting relationship; and Sammy (Steve Zahn) is full of wounded pride. Michael (Ben Stiller) is intellectually shallow, but he seems to be the only person with any emotional maturity, and he easily sees through Troy's snobby attitude.

    ENDING SPOILERS: The film ends with a romance between Lelaina and Troy that seems destined to end badly if Troy doesn't wise up and accept the criticism that's been levelled at him. There's a part of me that cheered for him, but a larger part that wanted to smack him in the face until he wised up and applied for grad school. The problem with these kids is that they are immature, and have no ideal of maturity to attain to. Their parents (of the rebellious 60s generation) rejected their own parents' ideas of maturity, and so their own children have very little left to work with. Reality Bites is more of a romantic tragedy than a romantic comedy, even though it seems to turn out well in the end. I really wanted the characters to find something better to build their lives on, but when the credits rolled I was afraid they would just keep repeating their mistakes for the rest of their lives.

    For what it's worth, the acting and directing are quite good, though not great. I got a kick out of seeing so many big-name actors at a younger age. Ben Stiller's direction is good, and not as manic as what he later did in Zoolander. Unfortunately there aren't any special features except production notes and a forgettable trailer....more info
  • this movie doesn't bite at all
    I 've seen this movie sooooooo many times and let me tell you it rocks. I know this movie by heart it deals with everyday life but is really funny while doing it!!! If you haven't seen it yet please do so for me!!! it's well worth it hey I'll even let you borrow my copy!!! ryder,hawk,and stiller make a wonderful pair in this movie so you can't go wrong let me just say ............don't bogart that can man,are you retarted? no I'm rhyming!!!...more info
  • JUST A WHINING MESS
    ben Stiller who was so hilarious in Something About Mary directed this generation X(?) film about love in the 90's and existence without meaning and all that hoosa-fudge. These teeny Bopper movies about finding love without caring about anything really piss me off. You wanna see a good teen film? go see KIDS, its more realistic, more substancial and funny as hell sometimes. Winona Ryder you are so damn annoying in this movie I cant believe it. Ethan Hawke delivered some great lines but never really made up his mind of what the hell he really believed in. Sorry but this is not as good a film as all these reviewers say it is. see KIDS, thats a great great great film....more info
  • I love the actors ... in their other movies
    I'm a little embarrassed that I dislike "Reality Bites" so much, since I was still in college when I first saw it in the theaters and I was exactly in its target audience. However, I have a visceral negative reaction against this flick. This, even though I love Garofalo and I like all the other actors. I'm amazed that Ben Stiller (who I usually find entertaining) directed this mess. I guess it was the depiction of my generation-mates as shallow and dumb that was part of it ... then there was the hideous love triangle that left Ryder's character with a choice between the boring, exploitative executive and the disaffected slacker-with-an-edge. The pop culture references meant to appeal to Gen-Xers were grating and gratuitous. Finally, the revelation that it's tough to start a career when you don't have self-esteem, ambition, or any kind of plan in general didn't strike me as too earth-shattering. I know lots of people who loved this flick, and I guess it could be appealing if you're also at a crossroads in your life, you can't get enough of growing-up-in-the-80's references, and you swoon madly over hunky Ethan Hawke. I couldn't stand it, though....more info
  • Whiny Slackers Poke Reality With Stick - Reality Bites Back
    Reality Bites seemed fresh when it was first released, giving voice to a generation - with the unfortunately derogative soubriquet of "X" - that was overeducated, underemployed, plagued by the flashy, trashy commercialism of MTV, and stunningly superficial in its wholehearted embrace of pop culture and rejection of serious moral or philosophical discourse it might have stumbled across in college.

    It was a good start because transitioning from the idyllic and unreal world of college to the crass, cruel arena of materialism can be tough, providing limitless opportunities for challenge and personal growth - the very stuff of real movies. Instead we have a swan dive into a Pizza Hut commercial held together by a plot so shop-worn it would have been considered exhausted in 1930.

    Winona Ryder is winning as Lelaina, but one can only imagine the SATs of football players at a college where she is valedictorian. Her "documentary" is appallingly narcissistic, reflecting the characteristic Gen X notion that - "if it's about me, it's art, and it's important." Ethan Hawke does an excellent job as Troy, the very archetype of self-satisfied, supercilious entitlement. We are expected to root for him, but it's hard to refrain from hoping he gets hit by a bus.

    Stiller, who directed - a talented fellow almost impossible to look at - plays Michael, the "anti-Troy." Smooth, successful, and very much plugged into the contemporary franchising of Gen X culture - if culture is the right word - he's an executive at an MTV-ish corporation. That he improves Lelaina's preposterous "documentary," rather than destroying its alleged artistic integrity, is the film's dirty little secret.

    Viewers surprised by who wins Lelaina's hand will also be stunned to learn that professional wrestling is fixed and Liberace was gay. Indeed, when you strip away the thin veneer of pop culture references this is really a very traditional movie. Janeane Garofalo is outstanding as always, and John Mahoney shines as the TV morning chat show host who looks sweet and avuncular on camera but is in fact, a bastard. His performance says more about the likelihood of finding anything even remotely resembling reality in film - or on TV - than the rest of this film put together.

    In fact, reality is great, this picture would have benefited from some....more info
  • A JOKE
    Reality is not the only thing that bites. This movie really bites, along with the acting. Is Ethan Hawke supposed to be cool in this movie. If I met this guy on the street i would laugh at what a joke he is....more info
  • Life of a Twentysomething
    Ben Stiller captures the lives of these five generation Xer's perfectly.This movie is refreshing much to the fact that it is the typical story of the trials and rocky roads of being a young adult in their early twenties. Stiller does not play any of the character's up to be some type of fantasy, but he is real true to life. This movie really sums up the fact that sometimes...Reality does Bite....more info
  • Stinker!
    This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I couldn't even stand to watch it all. I think the most spot-on review for this film is the one entitled "Stereotyped Bid For Hipness" further down this list of reviews. I couldn't have said it better.

    The characters are so self-consciously 'cool' that they end up coming across as being hideously uncool. All the characters are so unlikeable and immature that it is difficult to care what happens to them. Normally I like these actors but they are drowning here....more info

  • "Reality" does not "Bite"
    I LOVE this movie. Its definitely one of my favorite go-to movies, although I don't think it was/is a very popular one. Maybe I like it because I'm a girl, (my husband doesn't really like it, but loves Ben Stiller so I made him watch it) but I think both sexes would be entertained by it. A perfect, early 90's-era flick about the lives of young 20-somethings. I think it has a really good cast of characters and is very entertaining!...more info
  • GREAT MOVIE!!!!!
    All i have to say about this movie is that it was wonderful, funny, and great for us teenagers to view on ourselves and find out about the many struggles that happen in our life!!!!! And Winona Ryder did an excellent job!!! SEE IT!!!!...more info
  • a random lottery of meaningless tragedy and a series of near escapes
    [Reality Bites] is the story of four students who graduate and find themselves facing, well, reality. Troy Dyer [Ethan Hawke] is an intelligent but shiftless slacker. He plays in a band, but other than that, can't hold down a job to save his life. He has a thing for Lelaina Pierce [Winona Ryder] but the two fight the inevitable, afraid of commitment, or afraid that their friendship will suffer. Lelaina has a good job at a local TV morning show, but she hates it. She astutely judges it to be insipid, but on top of that, they won't give her documentary a chance. She lives with her friend Vickie Miner (Janeane Garofalo) who works at The Gap, and is promoted to manager. Her love life is a series of one-night stands that she ends before they can dump her, a pre-emptive strike. She worries that she has AIDS; meanwhile gay friend Sammy Gray (Steve Zahn) doesn't have that worry because he is celibate, too uptight about telling his parents to get involved with anyone. Troy, ever the slacker, starts sleeping on Lelaina and Vickie's couch--just for a while so he can get a job and pay rent somewhere--in your dreams.

    Vickie Miner: Welcome to the Maxi Pad.

    Ben Stiller directs this movie and he also plays yuppie Michael Grates, whose name was chosen because his character grates, though he is charming, in a cheesy, feckless way.

    Lelaina: He's so cheesy; I can't watch him without crackers.

    Not sure if that quote was about Michael, but anyway, he meets Lelaina when she throws a cigarette into his car while he is talking on his cell. The resulting crash throws them together, much to Troy's chagrin. When Michael starts coming around to "The Maxi Pad" to see Lelaina, he has to put up with Troy glaring at him from the couch.

    Michael Grates: Have I stepped over some line in the sands of coolness with you? Because excuse me if somebody doesn't know the secret handshake with you.
    Troy Dyer: There's no secret handshake. There's an IQ prerequisite, but there's no secret handshake.

    The best Dyer/Grates confrontation is one where Michael struggles to compare him to the character of Yorrick the Jester in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

    Hamlet: "Alas, poor Yorrick. I knew him, Horatio."

    Michael makes a fool of himself, clearly out of his league with wishing there was another Troy to burn. The best he can muster is "you sit back there in clever-clever land..." Actually kind of a good pun and also an allusion to Peter Pan, insinuating that Troy is refusing to grow up and face reality. However, Michael has the last laugh here, because he, unlike Troy, knows that he loves Lelaina and commitment is the least of his fears. Later on, Troy scores with this dismissal of his rival:

    Troy Dyer: He's the reason Cliffs Notes were invented.


    [Reality Bites] opens with a college graduation, but throughout cuts back and forth between Reality and video bites of that reality being documented by Leilana Pierce (Winona Ryder). She is the valedictorian of her class, but in her speech, she has all the questions facing her generation, but her only answer is "I don't know." The film, and also the documentary she is working on, try to answer the questions, too.

    [Reality Bites] encapsulates an era, it kind of sums up the whole Generation X zeitgeist, and it also boasts probably the best roles of their respective careers for both Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke. The characters those two play in Reality Bites are, like the actors themselves, very talented, yet frustrating in their refusal to "live up to their potential."

    And the film itself didn't live up to its potential at the box office either. It cost about 11 million, but grossed only about 18 million. Not a total flop, but not what they had hoped for either. Yet, in retrospect, the film's achievement is that it did capture the mood of that era, and showed the angst of Generation X.

    Troy Dyer: [On answering machine] "At the beep please leave your name, number and a brief justification for the ontological necessity of modern man's existential dilemma and we'll get back to you."

    Ironically, though it snaps an accurate Polaroid of Generation X, the studios didn't want to market it as such, and avoided mentioning the Gen X-ness of it all as if it was a diagnosis of AIDS.

    [Reality Bites] was based on a screenplay Helen Childress wrote in 1990 called Blue By You, Helen was hired by producer Michael Shamberg to write a film about people in their twenties. For three years she wrote and rewrote Reality Bites, generating 70 different drafts. Childress used her friends, their personalities and experiences as the basis for her film, even secretly tape-recording conversations. She took the name Troy Dyer from a childhood friend who would later try to sue her. Ben Stiller signed on to direct in 1992 and worked for many months with Childress to develop the screenplay. The script was initially turned down by all the Hollywood studios because it tried to capture the Generation X market like [Singles] and that film flopped at the box office.

    After completing several period pieces, Winona Ryder was drawn to [Reality Bites] because she was looking "for something a little more contemporary because I really wanted to wear blue jeans for a change." After reading the script in one sitting she "found it very true to life." She went on to speculate, "I think my character is very close to what I would probably have ended up as if I hadn't become an actress."

    Charlie Sheen said this of Winona: "She was a sweet girl, but when she grew up I started to have a crush on her which lasts to this day. I also chose her film name. She was known as Horowitz and I said she should change it. We were listening to a lot of Doors music, including the tracks Riders On The Storm, and I said she should change her name to Rider with a Y. The next thing, she's Winona Ryder. No one believes me, but that's the truth."

    The movie is pretty entertaining, as a boy meets girl, boy loses girl, love triangle, but it was also prescient about the coming rise of reality shows, and the ubiquitous product placement that would soon become the norm. It hit the nail squarely on the head with a great scene that skewers the habit of Gen Xers to overuse the word "Irony" while completely lacking a clue as to its definition. Of course, overeducated Troy does know the definition of irony, but he is one of the chief violators when it comes to indiscriminate product placement. It is hard for him to open his mouth without mentioning a product:

    Troy Dyer: There's no point to any of this. It's all just a... a random lottery of meaningless tragedy and a series of near escapes. So I take pleasure in the details. You know... a quarter-pounder with cheese, those are good, the sky about ten minutes before it starts to rain, the moment where your laughter become a cackle... and I, I sit back and I smoke my Camel Straights and I ride my own melt.

    But ultimately, Reality Bites manages to take the crass commercialism, the hopeful optimism, and all the yearning for something better, of a generation in a unique place and time, and like Troy, make it into poetry.


    TEN ESSENTIAL FILMS OF WINONA RYDER BESIDES REALITY BITES:

    Beetlejuice (1988) Winona played Lydia along with an over-the-top Michael Keaton in the title role.

    Heathers - 20th High School Reunion Edition (1989) Winona played Veronica Sawyer in this classic comedy. Says Winona: "It's a brilliant piece of literature, and I call it literature because it really is. I held it up next to 'Catcher in the Rye' and all the great books that I've read."

    Great Balls of Fire! (1989) Winona plays child bride Myra Gale Brown with Dennis Quaid as Jerry Lee Lewis.

    Mermaids (1990) Winona was Charlotte Flax, Christina Ricci was little sister Kate, and Cher played the unconventional mom. When Winona was asked why she always played teenagers, during a press junket for Mermaids in 1990 she replied: "Like, I'm nineteen. What am I supposed to do, play a judge?!"

    Edward Scissorhands (Widescreen Anniversary Edition) (1990) Winona Ryder played Kim, alongside Johnny Depp in the title role. They were an item for a while, and Johnny had "Winona Forever" tattooed. When forever came, he altered it to read "Wino Forever."

    The Age of Innocence (1993) Winona played May Welland in this period piece directed by Martin Scorsese.

    Little Women (Collector's Edition) (1994) Coming from Petaluma, Winona was really touched by the shocking abduction and murder of Polly Klaas, and she persuaded Universal Pictures to turn the February 1994 Los Angeles premiere of Reality Bites into a benefit for the Polly Klaas Foundation. She also had enough clout to see that Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" - Polly's favorite book - was made into Little Women, with Winona in the title role of Jo March and the film dedicated to Polly Hannah Klaas.

    Alien Resurrection (1997) Winona played the part of Annalee Call. Is that like a booty call? Says Winona: "I couldn't hold my own against Sigourney Weaver and those special effects. I still don't know what I was doing in that movie. I look at it now and realize I really didn't belong. I'm just this little girl running around."

    Girl, Interrupted (1999) Winona played troubled Susanna Kaysen, but was out crazed by Angelina Jolie. Winona says: "I read biographies of the greats, and they were so messed up that I thought I'd better mess myself up. But I couldn't. I'm too small."

    A Scanner Darkly (2006) Winona plays Donna Hawthorne in this attempt to finally get a Philip K. Dick book on the screen with its integrity intact. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr. and Keanu Reeves, but everyone is rotoscopped so that they appear as animated cartoons. This was supposed to save money on special effects, but it flopped anyway. It might be an undiscovered classic, but I haven't been able to see it, either in a theater or on DVD. It disappeared without a trace, except that according to the Hollywood gossip, Keanu is now dating Winona. Can't you see them together? It is just so crazy that it just might work.


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  • Reality Does Bite!!
    What none of the other reviewers have expressed is the fact that this movie is so much more than just Lanie's love triangle. It's not "just another twenty-something's movie". The makers of this film lead us into the family lives of our new friends. We see why they are so confused. It also shows the audience that there are those of us out there who have college degrees and don't know what the hell to do after we take off the cap and gown. It is by far one of my all time favorites....more info
  • A Little Painful but Unintentionally Funny
    What a bunch of immature, spoiled, boring, dumb and shallow characters, played by immature, spoiled, boring, dumb and shallow actors (Janeane Garofalo, Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, etc.)! As a twenty-something in New York during the nineties I can remember that there were plenty of people like these around and it's sad but also very funny to see them in this time capsule movie. Incredibly dated, but if you were a young white person living in an urban setting during the time of this movie you will laugh and wince with recognition. By the way, Winona Ryder might be a complete dimwit in real life but she sure was nice to look at in this movie--try watching with the sound turned down and she looks even better....more info
  • Generation X rules!
    Reality Bites is still one of the coolest movies from the '90s. This film was extremely accurate to the times and conditions of those heavy-handed days. Great performances by Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke. It is kinda weird that Ben Stiller not only stars in this but directed it as well. Stiller did a fine job directing even though his acting is another story. I like the unrequited love aspect of this film, boy loves his best friend but best friend is falling for egostical career dude. If there was one movie to watch about the impossible task of making a relationship work, I would pick Reality Bites as the one to answer all your heartsick questions. Enjoy!...more info
  • How true to reality this movie is...
    Just graduated from college, I can really relate to the soul searching and individualism represented in this movie. Young people these days have no real role models, and this movie tries to document the "reality" of finding a place for yourself in this world without help from anyone. This is one of the most cleverly written movies I have ever seen. Clever, Witty, Romantic with a '90s kick. Don't pass up this film....more info
  • good acting all around.. disappointing ending
    A young woman has a choice between two cute twenty-something losers: a childish, damaged, hipster musician slacker who's afraid of emotional commitment; and a "yuppie" who doesn't quite understand her high ideals, but has more of an understanding of human nature and emotion. Which loser will she choose? I'm sure the suspense is killing you, but in the meantime you can count how many 70's pop-culture references you can catch.

    Watching a bunch of young adults blundering around, trying to live their lives the best they know how may be realistic, but I'm not sure it's terribly rewarding or entertaining. Reality bites, indeed....more info

  • Witty and Fun
    Reality Bites is by far my favorite film, mainly because the script is so cleverly written. You'll find yourself quoting lines from each character, and reveling in the humour of every scene. I haven't been able to find a flaw in this film. Instead, every time I watch it I find something new to laugh about. The cast is wonderful, and each character plays his part wonderfully. If you like witty humour and are looking for some pure fun, be sure to check this film out!...more info
  • The Real World
    I was glad to see that Reality Bites actually has a cast member from MTV's "The Real World", since the movie is based on the show. Glen Naessens from the second Real World was a good addition....more info
  • Reality Bites and so does this movie.
    I just finished wathching "Reality Bites" and I felt compelled to log on to Amazon[.com] and warn others about this movie. There were only two reasons that I sat through the whole thing. The first is that I was hoping that it would turn around and be worthwhile. No such luck. ...
    My biggest complaints are the characters and the story line. This may not be the politically correct thing to say but I would not have been sad to see the character played by Ethan Hawke (Troy) walk into stray gunfire and die. It is like this movie is some sort of documentary that aggrandizes the plight of the poor unfortunate "twenty-somethings". Maybe the idea is that it is supposed to teach us how we should forgive their whining and laziness because, the poor pitiful dears, "They're confused". To this I say, "Phooey!!!"
    The plot is banal and uninteresting. I think that someone was trying to be "artistic". All they accomplished was making an annoying movie....more info
  • Little bit of nostalgia for the Gen Xers!
    This movie is a bit of history now for Gen Xer's that have moved on in life....more info
  • 1.5 stars out of 4
    The Bottom Line:

    A depressingly formulaic and unappealing movie in which the main character must decide romantically between a suit-wearing bigshot and a soulful poet-writing ne'er do well (guess which one she chooses), Reality Bites should be of interest only to those who want to steep themselves in mid-90's nostalgia....more info
  • The actual meaning is the opposite of the literal meaning.
    Oh come on.. I loved this movie. Ok. The first time I saw it I hated it. I was disgusted by the way that the characters were trying to be so witty all the time and so on.. (this was a couple of years ago) But when I watched this again a couple of weeks ago I realized what a dope I'd been. The idea is the one I love: Half of everything is sarcasm. And when you can filter out the real things and laugh at the ones which are jokes, then you get it, and then, you'll love it. The characters aren't being clever, they're laughing at the ones who try to be:) Ok. Maybe I'm seeing some things that aren't necessarely there, but in the end all truths are just popular opinions. S=klogW....more info
  • Ah, youth!
    As I would imagine is the case for many post-boomers like myself, this film brings back memories, including those wistful thoughts that there's nothing wrong with my generation that a savage beating wouldn't cure....more info
  • A feel-good story about love and friendship
    The first time I watched this film I thought it was great and I had to own it. Mostly because I enjoyed the idea of four college friends sharing their lives together, and the fact that Winona Ryder starred!

    The charcter Vickie is an instant favourite and wonderfully played by Janeane Garofolo! Also the soundtrack was great and really added the right knd of feel to the film. The documentary idea was a very nice touch. The opening scene where the four friends are on top of the building after their graduation is very amusing - life seems fine until reality starts to bite as the film progresses. One of my other favourite scenes is when they start dancing in the store.

    However, after watching it so many times I had the urge to write my own ending! What started out as a film about four friends with a complicated love interest as a sub plot soon became a story about a love triangle...I don't think the character Sam was focused enough on and we are left at the end wondering what has happened to him and Vickie.

    Despite this I really did like the film, it is one of my all-time favourites and I will most likely watch it again....more info

  • This is a great movie!
    It's totally true to life, and funny too. I really recommend it. I saw it last weekend, and now it's my favorite movie!...more info
  • A Misunderstood Film of a Misunderstood Generation
    This movie is so fantastic, and, I beleive, a good movie for people of any age. The numerous pop-culture references do have the flavor of a certain American era, but the great humor in those references is timeless. You couldn't ask for a better cast, with Winona Ryder as Lelaina Pierce, a college valedictorian who learns that life can be rough to navigate even for someone as smart and hardworking as herself. Both Ethan Hawke as Troy and Ben Stiller as Michael are hysterically funny as drastically different characters who share nothing except a romantic love for Winona's character. This movie doesn't take itself too seriously-- it's just a really fun time....more info
  • awful
    This is the worst movie I have ever seen. The characters were totally unrealistic. Most twenty-somethings don't act as conceited and immature as these people. I feel sorry for those who liked this movie and came to believe that it is cool to do nothing more than smoke cigarettes, drink coffee, and act like little babies. This movie has nothing to do with actual reality....more info
  • Favorite Romantic Comedy of the 90's
    The first time I saw this movie was on HBO. But then I had gotten it on video and now DVD. It's timeless and still fits into today's culture. Since the 90's of course wasn't that too long ago. Winona Ryder who plays college graduate Lelaina Pierce who likes to make documentaries. She is making a documentary of her friends who are played by: Ethan Hawke (Troy), the funny Janeane Garofalo (Vickie), Steve Zahn (Sammy), and Ben Stiller (Michael). Each of them goes through their own troubles Troy's father is suffering from Cancer and is dying, Vickie worries that she might have AIDS, Sammy is struggling to tell his parents that he's gay...and Lelania is stuck in the middle of a love triangle between Michael and Troy. It's realistic thrown in with great comedy and a great cast and storyline. Not to mention it has a great soundtrack. (You may also try to see if you can spot another upcoming star Renee Zellweger in the movie :).

    The DVD in itself is a great buy. It is in a widescreen format. And has theatrical trailers, and also production notes of the movie. If your a fan of the movie this is the DVD for you....more info

  • Not stereotypical...
    I didn't find this movie stereotypical at all, unlike some of the other posters here. I thought that the dialogue was great, not to the level of Tarantino or Smith, but still very quick and some very good one liners, most of them coming from Ethan Hawke. I liked the relationship between Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke, and one of my favorite scenes ever is when he confesses his love to her at the end of the movie. Janene Garafolo's scenes at the Gap are priceless, especially when she's folding the shirts. This is a really funny movie, and I would definitely recommend it....more info

 

 
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