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Reality Bites (1994)

A documentary filmmaker and her fellow Gen X graduates face life after college, looking for work and love in Houston.

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Tami (as Renee Zellweger)
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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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18 February 1994 (USA)  »

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$11,500,000 (estimated)

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$20,982,557

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,351,557
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At the first screening, when the Berkeley, California audience saw the Universal logo, most of them booed. See more »

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When Troy is singing "I'm Nothing" in the club, his strumming does not match the sound of the acoustic guitar. See more »

Quotes

Lelaina Pierce: Oh, oh is this like a, is this like a pirate operation?
Rock: Do I look like a pirate to you?
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Bed of Roses
Written by Angie Bianca
Performed by The Indians
Courtesy of Folydor/PLG Records
By Arrangement with Polygram Special Markets
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Gets better with time
28 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

I loved this movie the first time I saw it, and I enjoy it more with each viewing. It's routinely panned for reasons that I really can't comprehend. It's witty, well-acted, quickly paced. I notice that people don't talk as badly about it anymore. I think it's because "Reality Bites" will be one of the films that future generations will look back on to know a little bit about this time.


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