Dated at this point but that IS the point: you'd be hard-pressed to find a better capsulation of the American pop culture landscape in 1992, that moment when the alternative became the mainstream. "Singles" is not the affecting love story that "Say Anything..." was, but "Say Anything..." didn't have a cameo from a shirtless Chris Cornell belting out his lungs or star a fresh-faced Bridget Fonda as a lovesick barista.
Honestly, there's nothing special in its storytelling, really. To me, it sounds very cliche. But, there is one thing that makes me still liked SINGLES: The interaction between the characters & the chemistry between them. In my opinion, it's kinda enjoyable to see SINGLES only for the performances alone. The cast are fantastic. But I prefer Bridget Fonda's character. Her character is so fun & exciting. An okay movie..
Sometimes it really bores me to watch yet another movie about single people whining over how hard it is to find "the one". And even though this film fits on such description, it manages to be clever enough to deliver a fresh take on the subject. It's really nice how Crowe can flow through comedy, romance and drama so smoothly.
Mudhoney, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, REM, Smashing Pumpkins. Check. Nirvana? Not a single mention, visual association, or sound clip of the band or any members thereof. It's just too bad Alice didn't follow their lead. I bet Crowe would've used Nirvana in this if he could too. He got away with it in Jerry Maguire with the little cover song, and there was also a Nirvana shirt. But neither in this.
Why did they waste THE Seattle story on Crowe? WAY too laid back, Dillon is probably from what California? This is one of Dillon's better acting jobs, too bad he isn't in much of it. Dillon was the only believable character whatsoever and the plot was like a cobwebs made of air.
I love coming back to the company of these characters, the specificity of the Seattle scene that I was oblivious to while growing up there, and seeing Cameron Crowe, whose fingerprints are all over this, wear his heart on his sleeve. A time capsule of the early 90s, this story simply could not exist in the world of smart phones, social media and mp3s. Fascinating for this, and in its suggestion of Crowe's later work.
Bonne petite comédie sympathique. Ce film va faire du bien à n'importe qui dont la vie amoureuse n'est pas parfaite (donc à quand même beaucoup de monde!). La trame sonore est excellente : vous allez peut-être même y reconnaître des groupes parmi vos préférés, alors qu'ils étaient à leur début!