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½ March 18, 2018
Reviewed 2.16.18. Interesting how a caricature can morph into a time capsule. And funny how in 1993, studio's believed that Generation X would never watch a movie about themselves. Of course they would, Gen X simply wanted authenticity. Mercifully, Reality Bites was actually written by someone in their early 20's (Helen Childress) and directed by a twenty-something Ben Stiller (his debut behind the camera). The result is grunge-lite, a surface level inspection of early 90's ennui. It succeeds in capturing important generational flash points, like the cloud of a yet untreatable AIDS epidemic, the still stigmatized choice to 'come out,' and the self-loathing of a generation born from the parental abyss known as Baby Boomers. What it lacks in grit, it counters with charm. The over-sized clothes may be gone, but youthful love will never die. And neither will hipster cynicism. Which is why as long as reality bites, this movie will have its place in any time. On a side note, choosing to mine the 70's nostalgia vibe over the fertile music scene of that moment was a weak choice. Then again, its sister movie 'Singles' proved that a strong soundtrack doesn't equal a better Gen-X movie.
½ April 30, 2017
Gotta give it credit for being an early part of a new genre. Some of the acting and chemistry is A+. Watching it with my friends who are in the same age group now --- we're all feeling reality biting a lot harder than this. And most of us were rooting for Ben Stiller.
½ April 3, 2017
I like this movie a lot. Yeah I know that its kind of a doushy hipster comedy for the 90's but I still really like it. So many funny scenes. Plus Winona Ryder who is so hot. Big crush on her when I was younger.
February 5, 2017
Generated violation.
½ January 12, 2017
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.

Reality Bites es un clásico de los 90´s. Es considerada para muchos la película que representa a una generación entera. Con estas credenciales estaba entusiasmada de verla, pero no sólo me decepcionó, sino que el final en particular me hizo casi descartar las cosas buenas que tiene esta película. Me pareció interesante porque hace un par de años, cuando mi visión del amor era más idealista, hubiese considerado la relación entre Lelaina y Troy romántica.

Pero entre las cosas que si me gustaron. Me gustó lo creíbles de los personajes, sobretodo las expectativas y luego decepciones que tienes a los 20. Definitivamente me pude ver reflejada en varias cualidades y situaciones por las cuales tienen que pasar, sobretodo el hecho de que la sociedad espera que tengas tu vida en orden una vez que te gradúas, y sigas una línea exitosa que consiste en conseguir un trabajo, tener una relación, casarte y etc etc.. y la verdad que a esa edad casi nadie sabe que quiere o quien es. Vickie (Janeane Garofalo) es el personaje más real y racional de el elenco y me encantó su actuación. Winona Ryder es eléctrica, y es nostálgico verla en este rol, porque no va a haber actriz como ella. Aparecía en la pantalla y es imposible quitarle los ojos de encima.
½ August 28, 2016
"All you have to be at twenty-three is yourself," a character reassures Winona Ryder's Lelaina after an occupational crisis leaves her feeling worthless in 1994's "Reality Bites." But such positively-minded messages are easier said than done when one's life appears to be crumbling uncontrollably. Following a five year stint at a respected university, most expect to find success immediately, and the lull that oftentimes occurs shortly after graduation commences is capable of being soul-crushing. You can thumb through the autobiographies of all your childhood heroes and notice that the majority of them did not become icons in their mid-twenties all you want, but when you have yourself to live with and you're not meeting your own high standards, it's hard to tell yourself that good things are waiting around the corner when everything seems to be falling apart.
In the twenty-two years since its release, "Reality Bites" has become a touchstone in the capturing of the woes that befell Generation X. Arguably, few other movies have so authentically portrayed the confusions and the lows of being a young adult trying to navigate the world. Its Helen Childress penned screenplay beautifully engages with the youthfully scary unknowns of marriage, professional happiness, and personal contentment, and the direction, by a twenty-nine year old Ben Stiller, validly characterizes such adversities and makes them universal.
The film follows the trials and tribulations that overtake the lives of a quartet of friends in the wake of college graduation. Their leader, Lelaina, was valedictorian but is struggling to find the right job in a field that isn't ready to have her. Her sidekick, Vickie (Janeane Garafolo), declares that all she learned in college was her Social Security number; currently, she's working as an assistant manager at the Gap, covering her misery in wry wit to tell herself otherwise. Sammy (Steve Zahn) is perhaps occupationally steady but is nonetheless tormented by his still being in the closet; and Troy (Ethan Hawke), whom Lelaina head-scratchingly considers to be her best friend, is a slacker who reassures his ego that his coffeehouse homed musical performances will eventually go somewhere bigger than himself.
We'll never know if these characters do end up finding the happiness they're all so desperately seeking -- focused on are their attempts to get to that point -- but while "Reality Bites" exceptionally distinguishes the frustrations of its characters and intelligently brings empathetic urgency to the bountiful dissensions that overwhelm people in their twenties, it fails in the creation of its central conflict, which is the love triangle that exists between Lelaina, Troy, and an older man, Michael (Stiller), who's also professionally interested in her.
Childress is convinced that the right guy for our leading lady is Troy, despite the fact that he's a selfish poser who reads ponderous novels immersed in existentialism as he combs his greasy hair and strokes his three-day beard, waiting for his next opportunity to humiliate her. He treats her badly more than he treats her right, but we're made to believe that it's all a ruse to cover inner conflict. He doesn't really mean to be so bad; some people are just unconventional in how they show their love for someone.
But supposedly Michael is miles worse, if only because he accidentally botches Lelaina's shot at notoriety. Though he's more considerate of, more interested in, and more patient with her than Troy could ever be, he's made as the film's villain, a backwards notion that dramatically inhibits "Reality Bites" from being the great movie it has the potential to be. When a film doesn't seem to know its characters as well as its audience does, irreversible is the damage done to its overarching success.
And so the movie is only occasionally terrific, greatly hindered by the reality that maybe it isn't so wise after all. But Ryder is luminous, Garafolo an embodiment of barbed shrewdness, Hawke genuinely detestable. "Reality Bites" is excellent until it isn't anymore, and it's a shame that it undermines its acumen with the forced fakery that it mostly curbs.
May 9, 2016
Not sure I had ever seen this before and this time saw only 2/3 of it. What a cast of current stars! I have to admit, to my great shock, that 1) Ethan Hawke is slowly starting to grow on me (MINUS the mustache), 2) Men playing guitar do not even come close to growing on me and 3) Ben Stiller was annoying even back in the early 90s. Did he have his teeth done or something???
May 4, 2016
A moderately funny, appropriately subversive, and very promising feature directorial debut for Ben Stiller. He definitely improved, but 'Reality Bites' is certainly not one to be written off. Winona Ryder is adorable.
March 21, 2016
Produção de Danny DeVito e Michael Shamberg com a direção inaugural de Ben Stiller e roteiro de Helen Childress. Reality Bites traz um elenco de peso: Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke e Ben Stiller que fragilmente dirigi esse turbilhão de loucuras juvenis, o inicio é um conto promissor e excêntrico da juventude contemporânea, mas evolui para uma história de amor banal tão previsível quanto qualquer romance de Hollywood, vitimiza o elenco com falas bobas e situações bizarras resultando em romance extramente bobo.
½ March 8, 2016
An innocent and entertaining rom com
August 16, 2015
Ben Stiller's first directorial effort, and it's not bad, but nor is it a great comedy. It;s sort of a romantic dramadey, but it never really clicks into gear and is only really saved by the good cast - Hawke, Ryder & Garofalo are all good, but Stiller doesn't give himself too much to do. Decent premise - 'what do I do with my life after uni?", but it's hardly original or specific to any one generation. Overall = adequate.
½ July 28, 2015
Doesn't do anything new or inventive, but it particularly resonates with me as I'm in the exact same position.
½ April 21, 2015
Reality in putrid harmony.
November 14, 2014
The movie presents a keen look into Generation X but the unlikable characters muddle the film's overall likability.
½ November 10, 2014
This movie has a conventional plot of recent graduate angst. The characters are not well developed and those beyond the main character are more caricatures than anything else. The movie does have an interesting beginning but it just suddenly ends with a contrived resolution
November 2, 2014
American indie not at it's best. Almost all of the characters were unlikeable although I have seen worse from Ryder.
½ September 9, 2014
This is pretty funny, the script in particular is mostly caustic and witty. Probably best viewed if you're just out of uni and the love story can probably be best ignored completely as we stray into 'Dawson's Creek' territory a little there...but hey, I LOVE 'Dawson's Creek'.
½ August 26, 2014
It's not necessarily a great movie, but more of a time capsule of social commentary about an indecisive generation. Winona Ryder is at the height of her career here is really the most memorable part of the movie with a character that's multi-dimensional. The others just fit into an archetype. The soundtrack is still classic!
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