Scene: Three bloggers chat about the mid-90's classic, Reality Bites. (as with all chat posts, try to avoid the [sic])
Dave: Watched Reality Bites last night...early 90's are high-larious...
Liz: Oh yeah. The high wasted jeans? Priceless
D: High wasted jeans, self-loathing grungers, AIDS paranoia...and disturbing lack of text messaging and YouTube...
L: It always amazes me how many situations in movies and TV aren't valid anymore, because people have cell phones now. There's like 10 episodes of Seinfeld that revolve around them missing each other at movie theaters and in parking garages
D: You are right though, cell phones completely invalidate a lot of those Seinfeld eps. Who sits at home and waits for the phone to ring anymore?
L: Yeah. And who answers phones not knowing who's calling you?
D: “Hello? Oh thank god it's YOU!"
Like the whole thing at the end where Winona is looking for Ethan Hawke because she does not know where he is...the dude is a struggling musician in a crappy band. Just look them up on Myspace for chrissake!!
The people in that movie were like the first to have such high amount of angst towards retail jobs.
L: Now we'd all kill for retail jobs. (Well, those of us without normal jobs, which will be all of us soon enough)
D: Yeah, people would murder Janeane Garofalo to be manager at the Gap...and Winona Ryder would not be valedictorian, an Asian would have beat her out for sure...
L: Yeah I think Indians and Asians definitely have the Valedictorian market cornered
Red: That movie is a gem. You know what I noticed though, after watching it recently? Everyone in that beezy is a zillion times better than Winona
L: Winona's awesome though. Don't speak ill of Winona.
R: I like Winona, but she really is the weak link in that movie. Sorry, Liz.
L: Fine. Whatever. Haha you're probably right, I haven't seen it in a while
[Editor’s Note: I’m totally right]
D: Dude, she wasn't THAT bad...she did a great job of smoking cigs and having s3x with two guys... Oh yeah, and the freakin’ BIG GULPS were killing me...nobody actually drinks those anymore, do they?
R: I didn't say she was terrible! Just compared to the rest of the cast she's a bit lacking. Geez!!
They still love their Super Big Gulps in Klan-Tee.
[Editor’s Note: Santee (aka Klan-tee) is one of the super redneck parts of San Diego]
L: Totally ... the fat parts of America(JK Santee! Love you babe!)
D: Santee HAS to have the most people named "Cody" in all of SD
L: I imagine its also a place with a lot of TruckNutz
D: It HAS to be...10,000 Points to Santee resident with both TruckNutz and Yosemite Sam mudflaps...
R: God. Trucknutz should be outlawed...as they are in Florida.
D: Good thing government is busy creating important legislature against the root of all of society's ills: TRUCKNUTZ
L: TruckNutz are pretty much the new mullet when it comes to defining white trash, I think
D: They have to be...it was the Calvin pissing on whatever sticker for a while but I think TN takes the cake...
Ethan Hawke was also sporting the "wannabe chollo buttoning only the top button of a dress shirt" look during one scene…Thoughts?
R: Ethan Hawke is perfection in RB. Everything he does is awesome.
L: Hey, That's my Bike = Best Band Ever
D: See...we are on opposite sides of this movie...that guy was way too emo for me in that...
L: I agree. I was being sarcastic about the band. Ethan Hawke actually kind of bugs me in RB. I hate how a guy can be a dick through a whole movie, but everyone forgives him because he had daddy issues or whatever.
R: Ethan is the quintessential bad boy who finally comes around in RB. That character alone sums up why so many women are delusional about love.
I just love all his great lines. Like when he answers the phone and says "You've reached the Winter of our Discontent." Hilarious.
D: I know, what a douche...and meanwhile the normal guys in that movie get totally shafted...
R: I mean, how many times have they told that story: Girl has to choose between boy she really loves, but is an a-hole or the guy who really loves her, but is kinda dorky. The thing about RB, though, is it's like that cliché perfected.
L: True. And Ben Stiller fucks up and gives her a legitimate reason to be mad
R: See, I always have a problem with that. I don't think what BS did was so bad. I mean, you know if you sell your crappy student doc to an MTV like company they're gonna totally change it. And if he genuinely didn't know...I dunno. I always think she's a little harsh on him...and it's really just a plot device to ensure they break up.
D: Yeah, I kind of agree with you on that part...I mean, he's still doing her a favor, trying to get her out of the pathetic unemployed state she's in...
L: Yeah you have a point, I guess it wasn't that bad. They just needed to break them up so she could be with Ethan Hawke.
The "winter of our discontent line" is great. That movie has a lot of quotable phrases
R: Yeah. Janeane G gets a lot of them. I love when she tells Winona, "You are IN the Bell Jar"
E: hahaha, and her speech about how she's the AIDS character on Melrose Place
R: That's my absolute favorite part. That whole scene with the 2 of them at the diner...classic.
Plus, that movie makes Houston look cool...which is, like, impossible.
L: Yeah I always thought it was random that it took place in Texas. Ripping off Richard Linklater I guess
R: The chick that wrote it is from Houston. The DVD commentary is actually pretty good. It's the writer and Ben Stiller and you can just tell having that movie made was, like, the highlight of her life.
D: Oh that's cool. It would probably be the highlight of mine, too.
L: Oh I always thought Stiller wrote and directed it. Sorry, Girl Who Wrote It!