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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Ethan Hawke's character is so incredibly pretentious and annoying it's hard to imagine anyone ever thought he was sexy in this movie. Unemployed, too cool for "the system," a philosopher...oh lord! Only good think about this movie is Janeane Garofalo, DUH!
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.
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.
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.
This was really relatable at some points. I was in love with Vickie's character a little bit more than with Lelaina, to be honest. The film started off perfectly but it was only saved by the end by my inability not to emphatize with characters and my failed attempt to not love cheesy. I wish I got to know what happened to Sammy and Vickie - the film just deviated from the premise.