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A documentary filmmaker and her fellow Gen X graduates face life after college, looking for work and love in Houston.

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Lelaina Pierce
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Troy Dyer
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Vickie Miner
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Sammy Gray
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Michael Grates
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Charlane McGregor
Harry O'Reilly ...
Wes McGregor
Susan Norfleet ...
Helen Anne Pierce
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Tom Pierce
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Tami (as Renee Zellweger)
James Rothenberg ...
Rick
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Grant Gubler
Eric Morgan Stuart ...
Damien (as Eric Stuart)
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Grant's Producer (as Barry Sherman)
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Troy Groupie
Bill Bolender ...
Truck Driver
Jubal Palmer ...
Player #1
Marti Greene ...
Player #2
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Player #3
Helen Childress ...
Waitress
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Phineas
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Rock
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Roger
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Louise
Mick Lazinski ...
Stand-Up Comic
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Psychic Phone Partner
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Janine
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Cashier
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Stage Manager
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Actress 'Elaina'
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Actor 'Roy'
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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V.J. (uncredited)
Nathan December ...
Troy's guitarist (uncredited)
Nicolo Dominick Gullo ...
Bartender (uncredited)
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Libby Cumba (uncredited)
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Himself (singer in Perch) (uncredited)
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Food Mart Clerk (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited)
Bill Ross ...
Driver (uncredited)
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Hot Dog Vendor Mgr. (uncredited)
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Cheryl Goode (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ben Stiller

Written by

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Helen Childress ... (written by)

Produced by

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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

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Emmanuel Lubezki ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Lisa Zeno Churgin ... (as Lisa Churgin)
John Spence

Editorial Department

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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)

Casting By

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Francine Maisler

Production Design by

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Sharon Seymour

Art Direction by

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Jeff Knipp

Set Decoration by

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Maggie Martin

Costume Design by

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Eugenie Bafaloukos

Makeup Department

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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 / key makeup artist

Production Management

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Bill Finnegan ... unit production manager (as William Finnegan)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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David Larson ... second assistant director
Keri L. McIntyre ... first assistant director
Allan Wertheim ... first assistant director

Art Department

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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 / 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

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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

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David Amborn ... special effects
Arnold Peterson ... special effects (as Arnie Peterson)

Visual Effects by

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Clayton R. Marsh ... optical line-up

Stunts

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Charles Croughwell ... stunts (as Charlie Croughwell)
Barbara Anne Klein ... stunts
Amanda Rogers ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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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 Tornai Packard ... camera operator (uncredited)
Bubba Sheffield ... key rigging grip (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Steve Kirklys ... animator: "Reality Bites" sequence

Casting Department

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Kathy Driscoll ... casting associate
Kathryn Eisenstein ... casting associate
Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting
Rich King ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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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

Location Management

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Curtis Collins ... location manager
Diana L. Hayes ... assistant location manager
Peter M. Robarts ... location manager
Ellen L. Warren ... location manager: Houston

Music Department

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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 / orchestrator / score engineer
Jellybean Benítez ... music remixer: Confusion (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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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

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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
Athena Alexander ... production assistant (uncredited)
Sylvie Forester ... press attache: France (uncredited)
Meredith B. Robinson ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Jerry Stiller ... thanks
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A comedy about love in the '90s. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Génération 90 (France)
  • Voll das Leben (Germany)
  • Reality Bites - Voll das Leben (Germany)
  • Bocados de realidad (Spain)
  • Реальность кусается (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 99 min
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Box Office

Budget $11,500,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $33,351,557

Did You Know?

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Trivia Screenwriter Helen Childress was 19 years old and a freshman at USC when she completed the script. See more »
Goofs When Lelaina leaves the club where Troy is playing with his band, when he and Michael run out after her, we see her BMW driving away, however if you freeze-frame, the driver is clearly a man. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Blue Chips/Midnight Cowboy/Reality Bites/The Critic/The Scent of Green Papaya (1994). See more »
Soundtracks When You Come Back To Me See more »
Quotes Lelaina Pierce: I was really going to be somebody by the time I was 23.
Troy Dyer: Honey, all you have to be by the time you're 23 is yourself.
Lelaina Pierce: I don't know who that is anymore.
Troy Dyer: I do. And we all love her. I love her. She breaks my heart again and again, but I love her.
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