Reality Bites (1994)
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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 15
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Ryder and Hawke bring crucial authenticity to their roles with effortless appeal. You'll find yourself wanting more of these characters than the movie gives you.
However conventional Reality Bites resolves to be, it is always engaging. Best of all, Ryder has her greatest role since Heathers, once again proving herself a seriously funny young actress.
It's a good example of an anti-establishment comedy crippled by a seeming desire to infatuate the establishment itself. What Reality Bites needs most is a good bite. From reality.
Among the movie's strengths are the performances, especially that of Ryder, who comes across as bright, beautiful and more delicate than ever before.
When the movie is over, you don't feel as if you had shared the experience of a new generation; you feel puzzled and vaguely crummy, as if you had just read a solemn news-magazine cover story about it.
Yearning, hilarious, lost within their precocious self-awareness, these slackers have soul.
Gone is the fearless savagery Stiller smuggled into his TV series. Stuck between slacker and attacker, he settles for something curiously inert, slavishly mainstream and so hopelessly phony its own characters might make fun of it between bong rips.
The screenplay by newcomer Helen Childress falls back on familiar formulas too often, but first-time director Ben Stiller keeps the action fast and involving even when you can't help guessing what the next story twist will be.
The smart script by 23-year-old newcomer Helen Childress doesn't lose sight of the characters and the issues that affect them and other young adults.
The best -- the brilliant -- bits of Reality Bites etch in epigram, anecdote and brittle, dazzling dialogue the inner life of young people who want desperately to believe but haven't decided in what.
Remember Gen X? This is why you forgot it.
A romantic heart, caustic wit, and the energy of its fresh cast ensure the film's continued appeal.
It's often genuinely funny -- but it's still an establishment picture pretending it's not.
Audience Reviews for Reality Bites
- Troy Dyer: You see Lainy, this is all we need. A couple smokes, a cup of coffee, and a little bit of conversation. You and me and five bucks.
- Lelaina Pierce: I just don't know why things can't go back to normal at the end of the half hour, like on Brady Bunch or something.
- Troy Dyer: Because Mr. Brady died of AIDS.
- Troy Dyer: There's no secret handshake. There's an IQ prerequisite, but there's no secret handshake.
- Troy Dyer: He's the reason why Cliff Notes were invented.
- Michael Grates: I guess I'm a non-practicing Jew.
- Lelaina Pierce: Hey, I'm a non-practicing virgin.
- Troy Dyer: Hello, you've reached the winter of our discontent.
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