Critics 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.

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

  • 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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