Movie review of Reality Bites
I watched Reality Bites (with very young Winona Ryder, Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo and Ethan Hawke). This was my first time watching it since it came out in 1994.
I thought it was "okay" back then, and that assessment is still true for me today. It was "fine", and I was vaguely curious to see how it ended -- but because it was on DVD I kept getting up to do other things, and then drifting back a few hours later. It took me twelve hours complete an hour-and-a-half movie: I was hardly "captivated".
They ticked a few boxes for the period: the soft job market, an AIDS scare, a guy "coming out" to his parents. But most of the characters were annoying, and/or unrealistic: playing a (public!) practical joke on your boss, and then being surprised that you got fired? A guy in upper management not knowing the term "court jester", and referring to "Intelligence Quotations" rather than "Intelligence Quotients".
Moderate cussing, and discussions about sex. No violence that I recall. One scene where a character didn't wear a bra under her clothes, which I didn't pick up on until my wife pointed it out.
Worth seeing once, just 'cause it's semi-well-known, and "of an era".