Singles 1992

Singles

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Smart, funny, and engagingly scruffy, Singles is a clear-eyed look at modern romance that doubles as a credible grunge-era time capsule.

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In Seattle during the era of grunge music, the lives and relationships of a group of young people, all living in the same apartment building, go through a period of flux. Among them are waitress and aspiring architect Janet (Bridget Fonda), who finds herself obsessed with bad boy musician Cliff (Matt Dillon) ; Linda (Kyra Sedgwick), an emotionally fragile environmentalist on the look-out for love; and Steve (Campbell Scott), a quintessential nice guy who studies traffic patterns.

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  • Aug 27, 2015
    Rather than say 'Aloha' to Cameron Crowe's prodigious talents ebbing and flowing in dodgy waters, check out a 1992 gem by this writer-director that winningly captures grunge and knowingly looks grungy while doing it. Someway somehow, Crowe - the Rolling Stone reporter who brilliantly documents a fan's-eye-view of '70s rock 'n' roll right from the trenches of his own young adult experience with Almost Famous - shows up right as grunge is being conceived and provides a series of bitingly truthful love stories that just happen to perfectly document an important time in music history. You know how Forrest Gump pops up at just the right times throughout U.S. history to make his mark and provide us with a wink and nod lesson? Well, Cameron Crowe does the same for rock history without playing Zelig ... at least he did before becoming too sentimental with projects like Elizabethtown, We Bought a Zoo and the aforementioned Aloha. With Singles, he provides a hip, vervy portrait of the influential '90s Seattle scene that's far from a love letter - it's a full-on time capsule. It's not like Titanic where a flimsy love story got framed around a disaster. These relationships happen organically and Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains just happen to be in the background. In this PG-13-rated dramedy, a group of twenty-something friends (Fonda, Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, Matt Dillon), most of whom live in the same apartment complex, search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle. Though the story doesn't boast as much character as Crowe's '80s youth-defining work in Say Anything and the dialogue doesn't ring as resonantly as with his much more polished '90s rom-com masterwork Jerry Maguire, Singles' acting and setting provide a whipsmart and smart-ass look at a semi-modern romance. Plus, you get to see a Point of No Return-era Bridget Fonda, Dead Again-era Campbell Scott, Born on the Fourth of July-era Kyra Sedgwick, and Drugstore Cowboy-era Matt Dillon giving it their youthful all before taking on some more career-defining adult roles. Best of all, there's that soundtrack. Pearl Jam's "State of Love and Trust" - released exclusively for the motion picture - ranks among the band's best works. Bottom line: Grunge Match
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    I caught this on TV one day a long time ago, I thought it was pretty boring. I only watched it for the cameo from Tim Burton, which was cool, but the rest of the movie wasn't anything special. Overall, it's okay.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2009
    Love this movie, so funny and could really relate to it when I first saw it. Not sure if a younger person watching it now would like it as much. Maybe one for GenX.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 21, 2009
    great movie and great soundtrack!
    ~Lissa~ Super Reviewer

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