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Reality Bites

6.61 h 38 min1994X-Ray12
Ben Stiller, Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn star in this smart and insightful comedy about life, love and the pursuit of gainful employment.
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Janeane GarofaloSteve ZahnSwoosie KurtzRenee ZellwegerJohn MahoneyAndy DickJoe Don BakerKeith David
Danny DeVitoMichael Shamberg
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4.0 out of 5 stars

489 global ratings

  1. 53% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 15% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 7% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 7% of reviews have 1 stars
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Craig MintoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 March 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Taste of Reality.
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This is a film I bought having been fascinated by the films of the actress
Winona Ryder back in the 1980s and throughout the 1990s. However this is not
one of my particular favourites. In that the acting can be puerile from the younger
cast members including Miss Ryder.
But I did enjoy the soundtrack which complemented the film and included some of
the bands I was into at the time of at the time. The likes of Squeeze and Crowded House and
the like.
This film was of its time and can now seem rather out of kilter with the modern age,
Especially in America.
Thank You
Craig : }
P R BakerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 May 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Generation X slacker style movie
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This a mid 1990s Generation X movie with Winona Ryder having just graduated from Uni. From the optimism of
the 1960s and changing the world, the baby boomer generation is embroiled in divorce and lecturing Generation Xers
on a lack of a work ethic. Despite the loss of the full employment economy and the move to the often lower paid service
sector, the Generation Xers are funnier with a more sarcastic or surreal style humour than the previous generation.
This is often vital when you are overqualified and underpaid. Reality bites is a show made by Ryder which is a forerunner
of today's reality TV, which shows you should never trust a TV Editor!! I would also add it doesn't really capture the grunge
music scene at the time which in retrospect really should have been there.
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NotbonkersReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 April 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Of its time
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I really enjoyed this film although it took me 15 minutes or so to get into it. It seems to represent the end of one era and the start of a new one, which it of course is. It now seems modern and old fashioned at the same time.
The music choice is spot on. Ethan and Winona characters I ended up really caring about.
Darren BeltonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 May 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Reality Bites is a good film and Ben Stiller is a good actor.
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Reality Bites is a good comedy film. It stars actor Ben Stiller in one of his early roles and it also stars Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke. It was also directed by Ben Stiller. It also stars American actor Joe Don Baker as Winona Ryder's father. I also like Ben Stiller in a film. His other good films include Meet The Parents which had two sequels Meet The Fockers and Little Fockers which also star another good film actor Robert DeNiro. Ben Stiller also starred in the film Dodgeball and The Watch two films that also star Vince Vaughn.
RRReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 October 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Nothing happens. Not one character is interesting or articulate. And NOTHING HAPPENS!
PamReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 August 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
a must see film
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Reality Bites. One of the best feel good movies to come out of the '90's. A beautifully written screenplay - thanks to the enormous talent of Helen Childress. It has everything that a romantic comedy demands and much more. Ben Stiller not only provides great comedic value to the film but proves himself as a wonderful director - achieving a natural "fly on the wall" feel from all the actors. So many great moments that you'll remember forever. Great chemistry between Ethan Hawke and Winona Ryder.
Grabs you from the start and takes you through a unique journey of laughter and poignancy in the blink of an eye. This film will be part of your watch again and again collection.
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Mr. FlavReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 August 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
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It's ok, but very "90's marketed at the youth". Ethan Hawke's character seems unlikeable to be honest.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 October 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Still relevant
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Written for the depression of the 90s, it is still highly relevant today. Loved it.
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