May 14, 2006
reality bites revisited
Oh dear! A little bit too close to home? Never mind. It’s still a terrific romantic comedy, with the job interviews, cash anxiety, and shiny happy memories of college so fresh in my mind it’s a little bit poignant. Oh, the layers of meaning. I now truly, truly “get” Reality Bites. Good for me!
What a great fashion movie! Remember when the GAP was king of retail, the shapeless grunge dresses, the 1970s acid reflux and guys in plaid flannel shirts? Oh yeah. It’s amazing how much attitudes can change in 12 years, too. I find my generation is a lot harder to get a comfortable handle on, maybe because there’s no generation-defining romantic comedies to cite yet.
But I’ve changed my mind since I saw it when I was in high school. Back then I was cheering for Lelaina to pick Troy (Hawke), the hot, brooding, slacker philosopher. But now that I’m in my twenties I can’t believe she picked Troy over Michael (Stiller), who obviously cared so much about her and wanted her to succeed. It’s a funny movie in that way, because usually in romantic comedies it’s pretty obvious who the “right” guy to pick is.