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Reality Bites (10th Anniversary Edition) (1994)

Winona Ryder , Ethan Hawke , Ben Stiller  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn
  • Directors: Ben Stiller
  • Writers: Helen Childress
  • Producers: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001O3YV2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,202 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Reality Bites (10th Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Reality Bites: Retrospective
  • Lisa Loeb: Stay
  • Lisa Loeb "Stay (I Missed You)" Music Video
  • Feature Commentary with Actor/Director Ben Stiller and Writer Helen Childress
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    Ben Stiller, Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn star in this smart, insightful and hilarious comedy that looks at life, love and the pursuit of gainful employment. This irreverent look at the harsh realities of life after college captures the misadventures of Lelaina (Ryder), an aspiring TV production assistant, and her relationships with her sarcastic roommate, Vickie (Garofalo), friends Sammy (Zahn) and Troy (Hawke) and an ambitious video executive, Michael (Stiller). Now, in its 10th anniversary, this is truly a comedic and cultural touchstone that encapsulates an era like no other.

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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars This reality feels just right... August 29, 2008
    Format:DVD
    I think that `Reality Bites' has been unfairly labeled as thin and hollow. I actually feel as though the film tackles its issues with grace and delicacy, handling the subject in a way that feels complete when the credits begin to roll. The film was never meant to be a weighty message type film but more a relaxed look at real concerns of the youths of the 90's (or `Generation X'). For what it sets out to do, I think `Reality Bites' works very well. When you couple the finely crafted script with the exceptional cast and Ben Stiller's surprisingly attune direction you have a very entertaining and satisfying cinematic experience.

    The film follows a group of friends after they graduate from college and struggle to decide what to do with their lives. Their lives in general are being documented by Lelaina, an aspiring filmmaker. She passes around her video camera asking her friends intimate questions and capturing their every moment on film in order to document the struggles of the average young adult. Her friends include the promiscuous Vickie (Garofalo in a sublime supporting performance), the slacker Troy and the closeted Sammy. Together they make for an interesting group, and when you add in Michael Grates, a video executive who takes a liking to Lelaina after a fender-bender causes them to meet.

    The script allows the cast to really sink into the issues their breed of young adult faces in a world that is not ready to accept them despite the fact that they are finely crafted. They are over-educated and under-appreciated and cast into a world that doesn't `get' them. Each actor really grabs hold of their character and delivers a strong and passionate performance. Janeane Garofalo is wonderful as Vickie, really getting the sense of her characters fears and ambitions.
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    13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Stinker! December 18, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I couldn't even stand to watch it all. I think the most spot-on review for this film is the one entitled "Stereotyped Bid For Hipness" further down this list of reviews. I couldn't have said it better.
    The characters are so self-consciously 'cool' that they end up coming across as being hideously uncool. All the characters are so unlikeable and immature that it is difficult to care what happens to them. Normally I like these actors but they are drowning here.
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    12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Stereotyped Bid for Hipness May 4, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:VHS Tape
    Why are so many of these films that supposedly "define a generation" composed of nothing but media stereotypes and cliches? Sitting through this thing was like chowing down on a zweiback from 1979: simultaneously childish and stale. There were no insights into "our" generation that didn't seem gleaned by some fogey from back issues of Details Magazine, and the characters were so thoroughly bratty and loathsome I wanted them all to get fired and locked in some dusty Gap storeroom. "Capturing the Zeitgeist" aside, it wasn't even believable as an ordinary movie about people. Everyone was a cliche (slacker genius, yuppie, wounded gay, needy hedonist...), and the situations unlikely without being funny.
    This should be a lesson to film-makers who script condescending movies about a youth culture they don't understand: get at least something right. If you're hopelessly unhip, at least try to engage our interest with a good story or fresh characterizations. If you have no orthodox film-making talent, show us something new about ourselves. This sham does neither.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "Reality" does not "Bite" July 23, 2007
    Format:DVD
    I LOVE this movie. Its definitely one of my favorite go-to movies, although I don't think it was/is a very popular one. Maybe I like it because I'm a girl, (my husband doesn't really like it, but loves Ben Stiller so I made him watch it) but I think both sexes would be entertained by it. A perfect, early 90's-era flick about the lives of young 20-somethings. I think it has a really good cast of characters and is very entertaining!
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    13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A classic! November 24, 2007
    Format:DVD
    This movie changed my life. How? The books that the character 'Troy' (Ethan Hawke) either reads or references in the movie. Sure, it's a great movie but what meant the most for me was the director's or writer's (or whoever it was) choice to use or reference the following books: Martin Heidegger's "Being and Time", Robert Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" and John Steinbeck's "The Winter of Our Discontent". Read those books and you will be forever changed!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    By L P
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    "Reality Bites" is a movie that I found (and still find) to be very close to the real life experiences people who leave the safety of college face. If you are in your late 30s or early 40s and kinda settled in your ways and job, you probably won't get this movie anymore. You are too grown up and the issues these mid-20 something kids are facing will seem trivial and nonsensical to you. Heck, even the actors, in the movie's "special features" section - especially Steve Zahn and Ethan Hawke, as well as Ben Stiller - don't really get the characters they played 16 years ago anymore. They talk about how childish their struggles in retrospect seem to have been and how bratty and ungrateful they find their characters now that they themselves have reached their mid-late 30s, early 40s and apparently figured out what life is all about: "having a career or something..." I guess that's where the true tragedy lies: no longer being able to identify with your idealistic, hopeful, driven young self of the past anymore.

    This movie is about four friends who face life - Reality - right after college. Leleina's (Winon Ryder) speech at the beginning of the movie about what her generation is going to do with the damage they have inherited and a poignant "I dont know" as a response sum it up pretty well. She is the valedictorian of her college and an aspiring documentary film maker. She walks around with her camera filming her friends, asking them lots of personal and intimate questions about themselves and life in order to eventually create a documentary that will mean something. She wants to make a difference in the world and just like any hopeful college student, was imagining that she would "be somebody" after all the hard work she put in thus far.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Definite Staple of Any 90's Teen Film Collection
    I was 14 years old when Reality Bites came out on video and I used to rent it all the time. I loved the characters and the music and I had the soundtrack. Read more
    Published 4 days ago by pallmall22
    5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
    love the 90's this movie captures the feel of the 90's great acting in too can watch it over and over again
    Published 23 days ago by jorge
    4.0 out of 5 stars Take a 'bite' our of this 'reality' (groan)
    Yes, I know, it's about twenty years too late for me to have watched this movie now for the very first time. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Steven Traube
    3.0 out of 5 stars okay movie
    Okay movie if you were a child of the eighties and nineties. Lots of references here to that time period.
    Published 1 month ago by Melanie K Hambrick
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive 90's College Years
    Spot on as a young adult coming into the beginning of their life and future post-college shock. A must see!
    Published 1 month ago by Shelley Mouber
    4.0 out of 5 stars 20 years ago Reality Bites 8.5/10
    Hello out there & welcome to this, this is a review in my 20 years ago & 2004 in film review series & I am reviewing a movie I have never seen before Reality Bites which is a sort... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by JRP
    4.0 out of 5 stars I hadn't watched it in years...
    ...but I found that I still liked it. I watched it with my girlfriend (it was her choice), but we later broke up. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by David Dietrich
    3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but very slow moving.
    My wife and 23 year old daughter could not finish it with me. It was just to slow for them with a very predictable plot.
    Published 3 months ago by Don B
    5.0 out of 5 stars Reality Bites
    I bought this dvd for a Christmas present and I know they are going to love it. This movie reminds us of are teen years. Winona Ryder character is my favorite. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Pixie
    5.0 out of 5 stars 16 and Life
    Hey It's The Sunnydale Chick, and I had just bought several movies (and the show My so called life) That helped remind me of High school).....cause unlike some..... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by The Scream Queen
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