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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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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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La dura realidad  »

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$11,500,000 (estimated)

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$20,982,557 (USA)
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The filmmakers shot many of the exteriors in Houston (including a scene on top of the Two Shell Plaza building) where the film is set but most of the interiors were shot in Los Angeles, because it was cheaper to do so there. See more »

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The camera angle changes in the final camcorder shot of Lelaina saying "...and you wondered why we never got involved." See more »

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Lelaina: I just don't understand why things just can't go back to normal at the end of the half hour like on the Brady Bunch or something.
Troy Dyer: Well, 'cause Mr. Brady died of AIDS. Things don't turn out like that.
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Referenced in 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s (2007) See more »

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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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