Celebrating its 20th year anniversary, Reality Bites defined the angst of Generation X and is now released in blu-ray format.
Confronted with the malaise of the post 80’s mass consumerism and general malcontent, 4 college graduates Lelaina (Winona Ryder), class valedictorian and aspiring filmmaker, Troy (Ethan Hawke), rebel without a cause, Vickie (Janeane Garofalo), faithful GAP employee and Sammy (Steve Zahn), on his way out of the closet; face the reality of what lies ahead and it doesn’t take them long to discover that reality bites. After all the idealistic notions held by Lelaina of what life would be like after college, the struggle to maintain these principles becomes more and more difficult. When Lelaina meets Michael (Ben Stiller), a successful TV executive with a flair for the yuppie lifestyle, he gives her what she thinks she always wanted, a chance to have her video documentary of her friends and their post-graduation existence played on his hip and edgy TV network and a relationshipwith someone who has achieved a successful career. Lelaina juggles the realitiy of a career and a new relationship with the anxiety and confusion of trying to grow up all at the same time. Lelaina is forced to rethink her own reality and what’s most important to her. In his directorial debut, Ben Stiller’s style of offbeat comedy combined with a soundtrack that would define the essence of the film make this a story that will endure for years to come.
- Reality Bites Retrospective
- Lisa Loeb: Stay
- Music Video “Stay (I Missed You)” by Lisa Loeb
- Theatrical Trailer