Singles (1992)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Set amidst the burgeoning Seattle alternative music scene of the early '90s, Singles follows a group of twentysomethings as they try to find love and try to come to terms with their passage into adulthood. Arranged as an episodic comedy, the film follows a group of friends who live in the same apartment building and hang out at the same coffee shop. The central couple is Steve Dunne (Campbell Scott) and Linda Powell (Kyra Sedgwick), a pair who meet at an Alice In Chains concert and eventually fall in love. Singles follows the tumultuous relationship between Steve and Linda and their friendship with Janet Livermore (Bridget Fonda), who is trying to win the affection of grunge-rocker Cliff Poncier (Matt Dillon). The film also has a number of cameos, including actors Eric Stoltz, Tom Skerritt, Peter Horton, director Tim Burton and the film's author/director, Cameron Crowe. From the musical side of the fence, Singles features appearances by Sub Pop executive Bruce Pavitt, musicians Chris Cornell (Soundgarden), Pat DiNizio (Smithereens), Tad (Tad), and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, and Stone Gossard, who play Dillon's backing band, Citizen Dick.
Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Warner Home Video

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Cast

Matt Dillon
as Cliff Poncier
Tim Burton
as Brian
Campbell Scott
as Steve Dunne
Bill Pullman
as Dr. Jamison
Jeremy Piven
as Doug Hughley
Cameron Crowe
as Club Interviewer
Bridget Fonda
as Janet Livermore
Kyra Sedgwick
as Linda Powell
Debi Mazar
as Brenda (Outtakes)
Paul Giamatti
as Kissing Man
Tom Skerritt
as Mayor Weber
Sheila Kelley
as Debbie Hunt
Jim Hechim
as Rich
Lara Harris
as Poetess (Outtakes)
Jerome Ehlers
as Himself
Amy Hill
as Hospital Nurse
Dana Eskelson
as Club Girl
Jim True-Frost
as David Bailey
Chuck McQuary
as Garage Opener Clerk
Jeff Ament
as Jeff
Bill Smillie
as Boston Doctor
Sandra P. Grant
as Waitress
Thomas "Tad" A. Doyle
as Wrong Phone Number
Bill Smille
as Boston Doctor
Jerry Ziesmer
as Councilman Jordan Fisher
Joan Giammarco
as Receptionist
Jane Jones
as Denise
Art Cahn
as Magazine Stand Clerk
Dan Wartman
as Single Kid on Plane
Tom Francis
as Deputy Mayor
Wayne Cody
as Himself
Alice Marie Crowe
as Dr. Jamison's Nurse
Nina Escudero
as Airline Clerk
Mykol Hazsen
as Club Bouncer
Matt Magnano
as 1st Kid
Alicia Roper
as Kissing Woman
Jaffar Smith
as 2nd Kid
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Critic Reviews for Singles

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (15)

This is one happy-ending romance that doesn't feel forced. You can't help getting into the spirit of it.

Full Review… | May 19, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

This is romantic comedy of the wispiest kind, but the picture is generous, graceful, and consistently funny.

Full Review… | May 19, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

There's a genial untidiness about Singles, but it's unified by Crowe's affection for his characters, and by the terrific Paul Westerberg music track, which plays like a pulse-beat to these people's lives.

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Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

There is something new here, and very fresh.

Full Review… | May 19, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Crowe doesn't add much to the general discussion, but he's assembled an attractive cast and seems to have a genuine affection for the young people on the screen.

Full Review… | May 19, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
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Crowe's movie is like a great record album: the songs connect, and the people connect, too.

Full Review… | May 19, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Audience Reviews for Singles

½

Good movie.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

The story of a circle of friends in Seattle during the grunge era of the early 90s and their adventures with dating, work and friendship. Sure, the look is somewhat dated and one has to wonder how people ever thought such clothes looked good on them. The soundtrack, on the other hand, is still one of the finest ever, with timeless bands like Pearl Jam, Alice in chains and Soundgarden appearing in guest roles in this film that grasps the feeling of that time so perfectly while saying a lot of timeless truths about the relationships between men and women. The acting is great, the dialoges funny and true, the characters real and likable. Cameron Crowe soon after directed in a higher league but already showed his talent here. A movie like a comfortable old blanket you still love after all these years.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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