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Reality Bites (1994)

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A documentary filmmaker and her fellow Gen X graduates face life after college, 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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18 February 1994 (USA)  »

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$11,500,000 (estimated)

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$20,982,557 (USA)
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Dave Pirner, Soul Asylum front-man and boy-friend of Winona Ryder during that time, is visible in some of the "home-made" videos. 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: You guys better not be inhaling.
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References Who's the Boss? (1984) See more »

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Spinning Around Over You
Written by Lenny Kravitz, Craig Ross
Performed by Lenny Kravitz
Produced by Lenny Kravitz
Courtesy of Virgin Records America Inc.
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Gets better with time
28 November 1999 | by (Texas) – 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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