David Browne
September 26, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hype!

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
84 minutes
performer
Chris De Garmo, Matt Cameron, Scott Rockenfield, Geoff Tate, Michael Wilton
director
Doug Pray
genre
Documentary, musical

We gave it an A-

Feeling nostalgic for 1992? Doug Pray’s freewheeling look at the rise of Seattle rock is a rock buff’s delight — check out the rare interview with a likably intense Eddie Vedder and the grainy, chill-inducing clip of Nirvana’s first performance of ”Smells Like Teen Spirit.” But the scene’s co-option (and how the locals either recoiled from it or embraced it) is also the point, and Pray’s chronicle of the mainstreaming of grunge is deadpan and hilarious. The film skips lightly over Seattle’s heroin underground and assumes viewers know the relative importance of the two-dozen bands. But now that grunge has worn out its wail-come, Hype! stands as both a celebration and a tombstone. A-

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