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Reality Bites (1994)

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Generation X Graduates face life after college with a filmmaker looking for work and love in Houston.

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In this study of Generation X manners, Lelaina, the valedictorian of her college class, camcords her friends in a mock documentary of posteducation life. Troy is her best friend, a perpetually unemployed musical slacker. Vickie is a manager at the Gap who worries about the results of an AIDS test, while Sammy has problems grappling with his sexuality. When Lelaina meets Michael, an earnest video executive who takes her homemade video to his MTV-like station, she must decide what she values--the materialism of yuppie Michael or the philosophical musings of Troy. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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A comedy about love in the '90s.

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Rated PG-13 for some language, drug content and sensuality | See all certifications »

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$20,982,557 (USA)
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Ethan Hawke performs "Marriage," by Gregory Corso, who was an intimate friend of Allen Ginsberg and other Beat poet/writers who were in turn friends of Winona Ryder's real-life parents. Corso eventually died in Minnesota, not far from Ryder's hometown of Winona, MN. And in 1985, in Austin, Texas where the movie takes place, feminist poet Hedwig Gorski published her work entitled "Could not get Gregory Corso out of my Car". See more »

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When Vicki and Lelaina return to their apartment after the car accident, when she's walking up the steps Janeane Garofalo has sweat patches under her arm; when she gets inside they have disappeared. See more »

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Lelaina Pierce: I was really going to be somebody by the time I was 23.
Troy Dyer: Honey, all you have to be by the time you're 23 is yourself.
Lelaina Pierce: I don't know who that is anymore.
Troy Dyer: I do. And we all love her. I love her. She breaks my heart again and again, but I love her.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Zombie Nightmare (1994) See more »

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When You Come Back To Me
Written by Karl Wallinger
Performed by World Party
Produced by Karl Wallinger
Courtesy of Ensign Records Limited
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Breaks my heart every time
16 July 2000 | by (Leicester, England) – See all my reviews

I really do have difficulty with the short shrift this film seems to get. Admittedly, Ethan Hawke's appaling "I'm nuthin'" doesn't really do the film any favours but that asides, Reality Bites always has me in tears. The basic storyline, centering on a love that both people know exist but due to circumstance and fear has not manifested is so universal, and so well done. The 'my life is falling apart' endless phone calls to the psychic 0900 number part is so tragi-comedic, and the entire movie is full of continuous great scenes. Admittedly, being a single 25 year old white male who originally saw the film a few years back, I was probably caught at the optimal time for it to have an emotional impact, but I find myself going back to it again and again. Winona has never been better, and Janeane Garofalo is stunning as the low self-esteem serial one night stander with the AIDS paranoia and over-full shag book. Also, great cameos from the Soul Asylum geezer and Evan Dando's stunning turn during the end credits add to the film. Overall a stunning film, admittedly which will probably only be appreciated by a relatively narrow demographic.


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