Yeah, okay, I’m definitely a few years beyond the Generation-X cutoff, but it doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy movies about our favorite late-’80s and ’90s outcasts, slackers and burnouts.
Right now, I’m writing a series of reviews of Gen-X movies, regardless of whether they’re good or not. And I’m playing the professor and assigning letter grades to each movie…something I almost never do.
To kick things off, I watched Reality Bites, a movie that’s supposedly all about Generation-X, a week ago. I sort of remember giving it a spin a few years back and, at the time, I thought it was pretty damn funny and perceptive.
My current (and less favorable) assessment:
Reality Bites (1994)
Reality Bites, Ben Stiller’s directorial debut, is an unworthy Gen-X staple, a mostly cliché story of four Houston college grads who wander out of graduation into dead-end jobs. While its opening third is perceptive and funny, it ultimately becomes just another formulaic study of young adults trying to find themselves and fall in love in a mean corporate world.
The pic stars Winona Ryder as Lelaina, valedictorian of her college class, who, armed at all times with a video camera, obsessively films all her friends being “spontaneous.” They include the sharp-tongued slacker musician Troy (Ethan Hawke), the funny and sensitive Vicki (Jeneane Garofalo) and the shy Sammy (Steve Zahn).