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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 »
User Reviews:
Third Review... and I think I finally get it. See more (145 total) »

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 .... re-recording mixer (as Jim Bolt)
Andy D'Addario .... 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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Rated PG-13 for some language, drug content and sensuality
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99 min | Australia:94 min (cut)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Initially, the film did not perform as well at the box office as the studio had hoped. In six weeks it grossed $18.3 million, more than the film's $11 million production budget. Bruce Feldman, Universal Pictures' Vice-President of Marketing said, "The media labelled it as a Generation X picture, while we thought it was a comedy with broad appeal". The studio placed advertisements during programs chosen for their appeal to 12- to 34-year-olds and in interviews Ben Stiller was careful not to mention the phrase, "Generation X".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The camera angle changes in the final camcorder shot of Lelaina saying "...and you wondered why we never got involved."See more »
Quotes:
Lelaina Pierce:I have to work around here, and, unfortunately, Troy, you are a master at the art of time suckage.See more »
Soundtrack:
Revival!See more »

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67 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
Third Review... and I think I finally get it., 30 January 2006
Author: morphion2 from Australia

The first time I reviewed "Reality Bites" I was 15, and I had missed much of the film's point, praising it without critique. The second time was after viewing the film again a year later, upon which I began to notice things that I had naively ignored, such as just what self-centred people the characters were. I re-reviewed it, this time with an overly negative response. It was not until my third watching, and third review, of the film that I returned to my initial opinion, this time with reasons rooted in aspects of the film it had taken me 2 years to spot.

Comedy star Ben Stiller is most well known for his comic portrayals of characters cursed with incredibly bad luck (see Meet the Parents, There's Something about Mary, Zoolander). His career as a director is not nearly as extensive as that of his acting, although he has appeared in every film he's directed. For those wondering, it all started in 1994, with romantic comedy "Reality Bites".

Winona Ryder plays Lelaina Pierce, a fresh-faced college graduate who works a frustrated job as assistant producer for a cheesy talk show, while in her own time she enjoys filming her friends Vicky (Janeane Garofalo), Sammy (Steve Zahn) and good-looking rebel Troy (Ethan Hawke) in an amateur documentary on the disenfranchised lives of Generation X called 'Reality Bites'. In a mild car accident she meets Michael (Stiller), a sweet-hearted businessman, and they begin a romantic relationship, from which sparks talk of taking her documentary to the commercial network Michael works for. Amidst this, tensions between Lelaina and Troy begin to rise as his feelings for her become clearer...

"Reality Bites" is the kind of film that is prone to misperception. The movie has an under-the-radar subtlety to it that was widely missed even by advocators of the film. While the characters are given sensitive treatment in the script and in performance, they are also portrayed with the hidden agenda of satirizing the generation they exemplify and the culture of that generation. On one level this is apparent: the constant 90's culture references, quotes such as Troy's response to promptings from Lelaina while documenting him: "I am not under any orders to make the world a better place". The more hidden layer of subtlety comes in the form of the film's general Hollywood treatment and product placement: the film makers chose a undeniably commercial approach to a subject that is widely presented as such (life and love in the 1990's), while the specific matters and characters in the movie were based around independent and "un-commercial" philosophy. This means the film is, by its very nature, ironic on more than one level.

Critics of the film were mostly irritated by the main characters' stereotypical personalities and subsequently found them to be boring. This misses another of the film's points: the characters are deliberately stereotypical and too often were the naïve and condescending opinions of these characters, namely Lelaina and Troy, mistaken for the morals of the film. "Reality Bites" doesn't believe that Lelaina is a genius documentarian, it doesn't believe that Troy is a brilliant and secretly reliable guy and it doesn't believe Michael deserves the rotten deal he gets. It just shows how this kind of cultural mentality plays out in practice.

That being said, one very straight-forward quality of the film is the acting performances. All four members of the lead cast do excellent jobs; they nail their characters with succinct accuracy. Ethan Hawke is the stand out performance, as the brooding and condescending Troy, a character most unlike any of the others he has played before or since. Ryder is at her best here, in a performance topped only by that of Girl, Interrupted. Stiller, too, delivers solidly, even if the role is very similar to others he has played.

"Reality Bites" may strike a resonate note of realism for members of Generation X, but that really isn't its ultimate goal. Essentially this is a film that doesn't necessarily wear its heart on its sleeve, but serves as moderately engaging entertainment of a slightly more insightful nature than others of its kind.

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