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Empire Records (1995)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Music  -  20 October 1995 (USA)
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The employees of an independent music store learn about each other as they try anything to stop the store being absorbed by a large chain.

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Gina (as Renee Zellweger)
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Woman at Craps Table (as Kimber Monroe)
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A day in the life of the employees of Empire Records. Except this is a day where everything comes to a head for a number of them facing personal crises - can they pull through together? And more importantly, can they keep their record store independent and not swallowed up by corporate greed? Written by Anonymous

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Damn the Man! Save the Empire! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Rated PG-13 for sexual situations, language and a drug issue | See all certifications »

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20 October 1995 (USA)  »

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ESP 99,050 (Spain)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Lucas uncovers the plans for "Music Town" he says "in the immortal words of The Doors, "the time to hesitate is through'". This is from their song "Light My Fire". See more »

Goofs

Deb's nose ring changes sides. See more »

Quotes

[Debra comes out to take over from Corey with her newly shaved head]
Corey: Why'd you do that?
Debra: Just your typical nutty teenager in America...
[Debra lifts her arm to reveal her bandaged wrist]
Debra: Oh! Before you guys hear all about it.
Corey: That's supposed to be a joke, right?
Debra: No. You're the joke.
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Crazy Credits

Mark & Eddie sitting on the curb in front of the store talking about bands. See more »

Connections

References The $64,000 Question (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Crazy Life
Performed by Toad the Wet Sprocket
Written by Dean Dinning (as Dinning), Randy Guss (as Guss), Todd Nichols (as Nichols) & Glen Phillips (as Phillips)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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a good teen movie that shows how bad today's teen movies have gotten
27 August 2003 | by (brooklyn) – See all my reviews

with the recent release of the special edition dvd of this film, i'd suggest you go watch it. yeah, this movie is a light, fluffy gen-x teen movie with its music video moments. however, what was eight years ago just a normal teen movie has gained some semblance of social relevance -- compared to today's teen movies, this film can be seen as some sort of masterpiece.

for one thing, you never see films anymore where teens are actually fighting for something except for a date to the prom. the characters in empire records, yes, are submerged in their overdramatic romantic escapades, but their main prerogative in the film is to prevent a large corporation from buying out their independent record store. are there films that spark that kind of activist spirit in middle- and high- schoolers today? no. we're going backwards.

also, the humor in this film offers up some absurdist wit, which you never find in teen movies now. a kid glues some quarters to the floor so he can laugh at the poor saps who later try desperately to pick them up. a shoplifting teenager gives the fake name of 'warren beatty'. do kids today even know who warren beatty is? i doubt it.

this film was made in 1995, right before many of the laws allowing corporations to buy and control multiple media outlets were passed. the years since '96 have shown us a homogenization of music and movies, especially in the teen sphere, and it is turning today's teens into a bunch of celebrity-obsessed idiots.

compared to your sons and daughters, the kids in empire records can be now seen as role models.


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