Reality Bites

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Released 1994

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Director:
Ben Stiller
Released:
1994
Rating:
PG-13
Reality Bites is the story of former valedictorian Lelaina (Winona Ryder). She shares an apartment with Vickie (Janeane Garofalo), a permiscuous girl who sleeps with dozens of guys each week out of the fear of being alone or falling in love and getting rejected. One of Lelaina's friends, Troy (Ethan Hawke), crashes at their apartment after he lost yet another job. The two have feelings for each other, but neither has the bravery to make the move. Lelaina sees Troy as a humorous friend, and Troy sees her as someone far more successful than she is and totally out of his league. On the way to her job as a production assistant, Leaina meets Michael (Ben Stiller), a company executive of a channel called "In Your Face." The two take a liking to each other and soon start dating. This brings about a major jealousy episode in Troy, but he is only confident enough to share his feelings with everyone except for Lelaina.moreless

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Metacritic Score

  • 100

    San Francisco Chronicle Edward Guthmann

    The great thing about Reality Bites is that each of the characters comes across as real, and not some glib concoction by a screenwriter who's watched them from a cloistered distanc...

  • 88

    Miami Herald Rene Rodriguez

    The movie ultimately plays as a dead-on snapshot of the much-maligned post-Baby Boomer generation. In 10 years, Reality Bites might seem dated and irrelevant. Right now, it feels r...

  • 75

    Philadelphia Inquirer Carrie Rickey

    Sneakily funny and hopelessly romantic, Reality Bites speaks with the distinctive, ironic voice that marks it as The Graduate of Generation X. [18 Feb 1994, p.03]

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Comedy, Drama

Themes

Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance