In this study of Generation X manners, Lelaina, the valedictorian of her college class, camcords her friends in a mock documentary of posteducation life. Troy is her best friend, a perpetually unemployed musical slacker. Vickie is a manager at the Gap who worries about the results of an AIDS test, while Sammy has problems grappling with his sexuality. When Lelaina meets Michael, an earnest video executive who takes her homemade video to his MTV-like station, she must decide what she values--the materialism of yuppie Michael or the philosophical musings of Troy.Written by
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A Troy Dyer attended USC film school with Helen Childress, became a financial consultant in Wisconsin, and sued in 2005 for defamation. Childress claimed Dyer gave her permission to use his name, because he was straight-laced and conservative-the total opposite of the character. The case was settled to "everyone's mutual satisfaction," according to Dyer. See more »
Troy's hair in different shots while talking to Michael outside of the club. See more »
Written by J. Mascis (as J Mascis), Kurt Fedora
Performed by Dinosaur Jr.
Produced by J. Mascis (as J Mascis)
Courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd./Sire Records
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REALITY BITES isn't without its good moments but it's overshadowed by completely self-absorbed, whiney characters that don't even get what they deserve in the end.
This is often called the definitive Gen-X movie but I couldn't disagree more. Sure, in the early 90's there were plenty of people that moped around, assumed they were misunderstood genuises and thought that society owed them an entry-level job as an Executive VP making $200k per year, but we called them idiots and losers. There was nothing hip about that attitude back then, and why Ben Stiller decided to make a movie about it is beyond me.
Stiller does infuse the film with a certain amount of yuppie hyper-pragmatism but it's potency is diluted by the stiffness of his own one-dimensional character. He's afraid to really challenge the ideas of the main characters with real, thought-provoking arguments (the kind that really teach you how to grow up), for fear of how his intended audience will react. In the end, he is the cliche'd, uncreative, sellout yuppie who's easy to disagree with and label the bad guy.
And that's pretty much true of any of the big, bad and bitter adults that won't let these young, misunderstand morose geniuses spread their wings and reach their potential.
In the end these are just kids that are complaining that they didn't end up like Ferris Bueller. I guess reality bites.
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