Reality Bites REALITY BITES (PG-13) The first Generation X movie to view its characters from the inside out, not just as media-age confections but as intricate human… Reality Bites REALITY BITES (PG-13) The first Generation X movie to view its characters from the inside out, not just as media-age confections but as intricate human… PG-13 R Comedy Drama Ethan Hawke Winona Ryder Ben Stiller Steve Zahn Janeane Garofalo Swoosie Kurtz Amy Stiller Steve Zahn Renee Zellweger Danny DeVito
Movie Review

REALITY BITES (1994)

MPAA Rating: PG-13, R
EW's GRADE
A

Details Rateds: PG-13, R; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder, Ben Stiller and Steve Zahn

REALITY BITES (PG-13) The first Generation X movie to view its characters from the inside out, not just as media-age confections but as intricate human beings. Directed by Ben Stiller, from a script by 24-year-old Helen Childress, this sly and tenderly funny romantic comedy centers around a young TV production assistant (Winona Ryder) who is torn between two men: her best friend (Ethan Hawke), a loquacious, proudly unemployed grunge-rock musician; and an earnest music-video executive (Stiller). In Reality Bites, the central economic fact underlying Generation X-the dead-end job market-has romantic and spiritual implications as well. If the characters keep postponing adulthood, that's largely because, in the down-sized, no-illusions '90s, adulthood doesn't seem worth rushing into. Yet the result is an eerie fraternalism, in which everyone seems to be brothers and sisters, members of an eternal Brady Bunch. A ( 210/ 211, Feb. 18/25) -OG

Originally posted Mar 04, 1994 Published in issue #212 Mar 04, 1994 Order article reprints
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