Reality Bites (1994)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age, Ensemble Film, Romantic Comedy  |   Release Date - Feb 18, 1994 (USA)  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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This film was one of the more mainstream offerings in the array of films that emphasized the overly hyped "Generation X" phenomenon, a list that ranges from Slacker to Singles and includes a host of other films. Winona Ryder stars as Lelaina, a recent college graduate. Out on her own and independent from her supportive, but out-of-touch parents, Lelaina faces the realities of careers and relationships. She can't stand her internship under a local television personality (John Mahoney), and she's forced to choose between Michael (Ben Stiller), a well-intentioned music-video network executive, and Troy (Ethan Hawke), a brooding, sensitive slacker. Meanwhile, she must also protect the artistic integrity of "Reality Bites," a video documentary that depicts the everyday lives of her friends (Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, and Steve Zahn). This 1994 release also marks the feature directorial debut of Ben Stiller.

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father, friendship, Generation-X, graduation, job, love-triangle, slacker, television, depression