The plot is centered on Lelaina (Ryder), an aspiring videographer working on a documentary called Reality Bites about the disenfranchised lives of her friends and roommates (Hawke, Garofalo, and Zahn), and to a certain degree, about Lelaina herself.
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Naive 90s nostalgia I loved as a teen that's at times overly precious and corny but comforting if you lived in the era and love chain-smoking skin deep cynics like I do. Janeane Garofalo is fabulous as usual though.
Found this very disappointing, boring and not at all romantic or something like that. What is special about this movie !? Really don't know!
Winona Ryder was so cute, the reason for me to pass this movie. Ethan Hawke so annoying but that was just his character.
5/10. Expecting much more.
Wonderful, inspired premise. But an hour in, the sad realisation that the script is killing itself hits you like a dart in the chest. Oh why is it that every single interesting story has to have a romantic storyline? Still witty and angsty as it should be, it is a good effort (the first 60 minutes, anyway).
This movie honestly gets worse everytime I see it. There was a great piece in theawl or jezebel recently about how you know you've finally grown up when Ethan Hawke's character stops being sexy/mysterious and instead comes off irritating/pretentious.
Troy is so unbearable that he drags down the entire film. He's nasty, pretentious and just generally thinks he's better than everyone. He has no redeeming qualities nor a redeeming moment. The ending suggests that he and Lelaina are meant to be together, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. He constantly belittles her and argues with her, and the psychological insights into why he does aren't compelling.
the men are boring. lelaina and vickie steal the show. i really like this movie; it's human and funny, though it would've been cool if troy was less of an uber-douche and the ending was less contrived.
(...)Immerhin bekommt man dadurch ein Gefühl für die 90er, die Antihaltung einer verwöhnten Generation. Hier nun die Idee für ein alternatives Ende: Michael offenbart Lelaina, dass ihr Video einfach grottenschlecht ist. Abspann.