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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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$11,500,000 (estimated)

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$20,982,557

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,351,557
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In the scene outside Johnie's Broiler Coffee Shop, Wynona Ryder & Janeane Garofalo are walking next to the neon Coffee Shop sign while talking. The two actresses are walking on an elevated platform, which the audience clearly can't see, as the sign is high off the street attached to the roof. See more »

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When the group is smoking pot with a pop can, there are two different cans used. See more »

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Vickie: Welcome to the Maxi Pad.
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Spoofed in Discworld II: Mortality Bytes! (1996) See more »

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Give A Man A Fish
Written by Dick Rudolph, Minnie Riperton, Timothy Barnwell, Todd Thomas
Contains samples from "Sing A Simple Song"
By Sly Stone (as Sylvester Stewart)
Performed by Arrested Development
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Inc., A division of ERG
Under License from CEMA Special Markets
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Breaks my heart every time
16 July 2000 | by 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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