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Reality Bites -- Ben Stiller, Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn star in this smart, insightful and hilarious comedy that looks at life, love and the pursuit of gainful employment.  This irreverent look at the harsh realities of life after college captures the misadventures of Lelaina (Ryder), an aspiring TV production assistant, and her relationships with her sarcastic roommate, Vickie (Garofalo), friends Sammy (Zahn) and Troy (Hawke) and an ambitious video executive, Michael (Stiller). Now, in its 10th anniversary, this is truly a comedic and cultural touchstone that encapsulates an era like no other.
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Writer (WGA):
Helen Childress (written by)
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Release Date:
18 February 1994 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A comedy about love in the '90s.
Plot:
A documentary filmmaker and her fellow Gen X graduates face life after college, looking for work and love in Houston. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

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Directed by
Ben Stiller 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Helen Childress (written by)

Produced by
Danny DeVito .... producer
Bill Finnegan .... supervising producer (as William Finnegan)
Wm. Barclay Malcolm .... executive producer
Sheldon Pinchuk .... supervising producer
Michael Shamberg .... producer
Stacey Sher .... executive producer
Lori-Etta Taub .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Emmanuel Lubezki (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Lisa Zeno Churgin  (as Lisa Churgin)
John Spence 
 
Casting by
Francine Maisler 
 
Production Design by
Sharon Seymour 
 
Art Direction by
Jeff Knipp 
 
Set Decoration by
Maggie Martin 
 
Costume Design by
Eugenie Bafaloukos 
 
Makeup Department
Claude Díaz .... hair stylist
Deborah K. Larsen .... makeup artist (as Deborah Larsen)
Peter Savic .... hair designer
Donna Spahn .... hair stylist: Houston
Marja Webster .... key hair stylist
Marja Webster .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bill Finnegan .... unit production manager (as William Finnegan)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Larson .... second assistant director
Keri L. McIntyre .... first assistant director
Allan Wertheim .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jon Aguilar .... assistant property master
Michael Armani .... set designer
Curtis Baruth .... construction coordinator (as Curtis W. Baruth)
Maike Both .... set dresser
Jeffrey Cahill .... carpenter
John Coven .... storyboard artist
Paulette Fox .... scenic painter
Roger L. King .... carpenter
Michael Larkins .... carpenter
Donna Lindholm .... construction runner
Wayne Lindholm .... construction foreman
Wayne Lindholm .... lead carpenter
James Malley .... set dresser
Eric McHugh .... on-set dresser
Andrew Moore .... construction foreman
Timothy O'Brien .... carpenter
Tony Palermo .... property assistant
James Parks .... carpenter
Lynda Reiss .... property master
Francis J. Roix .... carpenter
Amy Skjonsby-Winslow .... art department coordinator (as Amy K. Skjonsby)
Christopher Stull .... assistant art director: Houston
Benners Fox Vail .... lead man
Chris L. Winslow .... lead scenic painter
 
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... supervising re-recording mixer
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
Dean Beville .... foley editor
James Bolt .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jim Bolt)
Andy D'Addario .... sound re-recording mixer
Ezra Dweck .... foley mixer
Judee Flick .... supervising adr editor
Stephen Hunter Flick .... supervising sound editor (as Stephen H. Flick)
Rick Freeman .... foley editor
Walter Gorey .... boom operator: Houston
Dana Gustafson .... assistant sound editor
David Halbert .... boom operator
Stephen Halbert .... sound mixer
Dan Hegeman .... adr editor
R.J. Kizer .... sound editor
Elliott Koretz .... sound editor
David McDonald .... adr recordist (as Dave McDonald)
Michael Mirkovich .... assistant sound editor
Albert Romero .... sound recordist
Catherine Rowe .... foley artist
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Marvin Walowitz .... sound editor
Paul J. Zydel .... adr mixer: New York (as Paul Vydel)
Wayne Bell .... sound effects (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
David Amborn .... special effects
Arnold Peterson .... special effects (as Arnie Peterson)
 
Visual Effects by
Clayton R. Marsh .... optical line-up
 
Stunts
Charles Croughwell .... stunts (as Charlie Croughwell)
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunts
Amanda Rogers .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth J. Byrnes .... electric rigging crew: Houston
Wayne 'Woody' Cone .... grip
Scott Conn .... electrician: Houston
Larry Crayton .... electrician: Houston
Laurence Cropley .... electrician
Sean Devine .... grip rigging crew: Houston
Joseph Dianda .... key grip
Warren Feldman .... camera loader (as Warren Zev Feldman)
Ray Garcia .... grip rigging crew: Houston
Rodrigo García .... camera operator
Stan Glapa .... camera remote: Houston
Andrew Glover .... electrician
Paris L. Gutierrez .... electric rigging crew: Houston (as Paris Gutierrez)
Larry Huston .... Steadicam assistant
John Lacy .... electrician: Houston (as John Lacey)
Daniel D. Lange .... electrician: Houston
Galen Lange .... electrician: Houston
Paul T. LeBlanc .... video assist operator: Houston (as Paul Le Blanc)
Mark E. Long .... electric rigging crew: Houston
William J. McDevitt .... grip (as William McDevitt)
Michael Wayne Miller .... grip rigging crew: Houston
Dayton Nietert .... gaffer
Michael R. Oddo .... dolly grip
Jeff Orsa .... electrician (as Jeffrey E. Orsa)
Scott Patten .... grip
Jeffrey Pinchuk .... camera production assistant
Rick Raphael .... Steadicam operator (as Frederick R. Raphael)
Van Redin .... still photographer
Kyle Rudolph .... Steadicam operator (as Kyle C. Rudolph)
Daisy Smith .... second assistant camera
Egon Stephan Jr. .... Steadicam assistant (as Egon Stephon)
Harrison Craig Stephens .... electric rigging crew: Houston
Richard Tibbetts .... electrician: Houston
Rick Tiedeman .... Steadicam operator (as Richard P. Tiedeman)
Lynn Troupe .... best boy
Ralph Unger .... electrician: Houston
Joseph Vasquez .... electrician: Houston (as Joe Vasquez)
Derek Voy .... electrician (as Derrick Voy)
Dan Wagner .... first assistant camera
Greg Wardell .... best boy
Georgia Packard .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bubba Sheffield .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Steve Kirklys .... animator: "Reality Bites" sequence
 
Casting Department
Kathy Driscoll .... casting associate
Kathryn Eisenstein .... casting associate
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Rich King .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda S. Cormany .... wardrobe supervisor: men
Lori Eskowitz-Carter .... wardrobe supervisor: women (as Lori Eskowitz)
Caitlin Shamberg .... wardrobe production assistant
Nancy Steiner .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Gena Bleier .... first assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Lorisa Francis-Marrero .... post-production coordinator
Herb Hickey .... color timer
Nina Lucia .... second assistant editor
Paul Bronkar .... video colorist (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Curtis Collins .... location manager
Diana L. Hayes .... assistant location manager
Peter M. Robarts .... location manager
Ellen L. Warren .... location manager: Houston
 
Music Department
Rupert Coulson .... score recording & mixing
Ron Fair .... executive soundtrack producer: RCA Records
Art Ford .... music consultant
Christopher Notarthomas .... assistant music editor (as Chris Notarthomas)
Greg O'Connor .... composer: additional music
Jennifer Pyken .... music coordinator
Karyn Rachtman .... music supervisor
Mary Ramos .... music coordinator
Andrew Silver .... music editor
Karl Wallinger .... music arranger
Karl Wallinger .... orchestrator
Karl Wallinger .... score engineer
 
Transportation Department
Hal Davis .... transportation captain
Felician Ghitescu .... driver
Chuck Hanson .... driver (as Charles S. Hanson)
Kenneth L. Hardman .... driver
Ron Hardman .... transportation coordinator
Bob Hendrix .... driver (as Bob L. Hendrix)
William Hogue .... driver (as William M. Hogue)
Gene R. Johnson .... driver
Jim Koenekamp .... driver (as James Koenekamp)
Thomas M. Krigbaum .... driver
Donald H. Lewis .... driver
Stephen Thomas Steele .... driver
Gary D. Watts .... driver
Glenn Knowlton .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Shayn Adamson .... production assistant
Susan Bradley .... title designer
Ruth Britt .... voice talent
Raquel Caballes Maxwell .... assistant production coordinator
Alfred Cervantes .... teamster
Kathy Craft .... craft service: Houston
Ivana di Tommaso .... assistant: William Finnegan
Caroline Digiulio .... production assistant
Holly Dorff .... voice talent
Cynthia Felde .... production assistant: Houston
Primrose Fukuchi .... production accountant
Whitney E. Gates .... assistant: Stacey Sher
Steve Gehrke .... script supervisor (as Steve R. Gehrke)
Pamela Haber .... production assistant: Houston
Phil Hardage .... key set production assistant: Houston (as Philip Hardage)
Steven Hentges .... production assistant: Houston
Ilyse Horowitz .... assistant: Ben Stiller
Uri Horowitz .... production assistant
Maureen Jennings .... production associate
James Jones .... video sequences producer
Aaron Khristeus .... production controller
Carlyle King .... voice talent
Daamen J. Krall .... voice talent (as Daamen Krall)
Gina Landerer .... craft service
Josephine Landerer .... craft service
Adam Loef .... production assistant
Ramiro López .... caterer
Steve Madigan .... production assistant
David McCharen .... voice talent
Linda Olszewski .... production assistant (as Linda O)
Valerie Peterson .... production coordinator (as Valerie Peterson-Beale)
Vernon Scott .... voice talent
Emilie Shirer .... assistant: Winona Ryder
Israel Sifuentes .... production assistant: Houston
Michael Strauss .... production assistant
Becky Thyre .... voice talent
Kieran Woo .... accounting assistant
Jeff Wunderlich .... video graphic design
Homer Jon Young .... production assistant: Houston
Sylvie Forester .... press attache: France (uncredited)
Meredith B. Robinson .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jerry Stiller .... thanks
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some language, drug content and sensuality
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99 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Lelaina sabotages Grant Gubler's program by tampering with his cue cards. At the beginning of the film, when delivering her Valedictorian speech at the Graduation ceremony, she herself experiences some cue card trouble, the end of her speech has gone missing ("The answer is.... I don't know.")See more »
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Anachronisms: At one point, the characters are drinking Big Gulps from 7-Eleven. This would have been impossible in Houston in the early 1990s. All Houston-area 7-Elevens (269 total) were acquired by National Convenience Stores (parent company of Stop'n'Go) in October 1987, which was later consolidated by Diamond Shamrock (National Convenience Stores and Diamond Shamrock entered into a buyout agreement in November 1995). Valero Energy Corporation now owns the assets of Diamond Shamrock since 2001. To get a Big Gulp (prior to September 2013), they would have had to drive 109 miles to Smithville, Texas - the easternmost location of a 7-Eleven in the state east of Interstate 35. 7-Eleven Inc. owned/operated stores including those corporate-owned in Texas, prior to December 31, 2012 were limited to Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth metro areas along the Interstate 35 corridor - its West Texas stores are operated under license by Alon USA's Southwest Convenience Stores retail division. As of January 2, 2013, 7-Eleven acquired the retail assets of the C.L. Thomas Petroleum Carriers and TETCO where the existing Speedy Stop and TETCO stores are being remodeled as 7-Elevens, officially reintroducing the brand to Southeast Texas - with several locations in the outlying area of the Houston Metro region. As of early 2014, the closest 7-Eleven to the Houston, TX metro area is located in Edna, TX off U.S. 59.See more »
Quotes:
Charlane McGregor:Why don't you get a job at the Burgerrama? They'll hire you! My Lord, I saw on the TV - they had this little retarded boy working the register.
Lelaina:Because I'm not retarded, Mom. I was the valedictorian of my University!
Wes McGregor:Well you dont have to put that on your application.
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18 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
No one can eat fifty eggs., 5 October 1999
Author: lawndale from Ky, USA

Although I technically fall into the skipped-over demographic that lies between Generation X-- the target audience for this film-- and the Dawson's Creek trolls, I find myself having a strange affinity for "Reality Bites."

By far its greatest attraction, at least for someone like me, is its unabashed cynicism, which somehow manages to avoid becoming tiresome, even as the plot drags on and on and on toward oblivion. "Reality Bites" certainly does mean well, even if it intent is somewhat lost in the execution.

Unfortunately, this movie could not be any more overwrought, and it ultimately "angsts" itself into a very deep hole. Particularly frustrating is Ethan Hawke's character, a pseudo-philosopher who revels in his own delusions of nobility, when, in fact, he'd be a helluva lot better off just getting up off of his bum and trying to do something meaningful, instead of just moping around making pithy little comments that add up to exactly _jack_.

And Winona Ryder's character, although purportedly the film's protagonist, is just too whiney! It's very difficult for even the most jaded viewer to develop sympathy for her struggle to "find herself" or whatever it is she's trying to do.

Janeane Garofalo manages to save the film, though. Just the idea of someone like Janeane attempting to work at the Gap... it carries the movie through its many self-absorbed flaws.

But, for all of its shortcomings, "Reality Bites" has somehow managed to DEFINE a large segment of a generation-- how it holds up over time will be an interesting test of its worth. Still, it's difficult to imagine that Ethan's trite little musings, however "deep" they were intended to sound, will impress people even five years from now.

Rating: 7 out of 10, which seems inflated, even to me. But I've given out lots of 5s and 6s (my voting has a nice bell-curve pattern...), and "Reality Bites," at the very least, attempts to say something more than the vast majority of films, so I must give it some credit. And the performances, although it would be a stretch to say that ANY members of this cast were challenged by their roles here, are impressive. Some great scenes and one-liners, as well. Like 50 eggs, "Reality Bites" will go down more smoothly if broken down into smaller viewings, so you don't choke on all of the angst at once.

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