Reality Bites

Reality Bites

Ben Stiller (1994)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Ben Stiller made his directorial debut with this Generation X comedy, which, though likeable enough, isn't particularly realistic. Strip away the attitude and all you'll find is an old-fashioned romantic comedy, in which Winona Ryder can't make up her mind between geek Stiller and tuned-in drop-out Ethan Hawke. This wouldn't be so bad if the characters were interesting, but, with the exception of Janeane Garofalo, they're self-obsessed 20-somethings with little grasp of the big bad world. Yet, for all its faults, this still has moments of hip charm.


Drama detailing the exploits of graduates struggling to cope with life after college. Would-be film-maker Winona Ryder thinks winning the heart of a cable TV executive will bring her instant success, but friend Ethan Hawke is not so sure, partly because he loves her himself. Ben Stiller directs and stars, alongside Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn and Renee Zellweger.

Cast & Crew

Lelaina Pierce Winona Ryder
Troy Dyer Ethan Hawke
Vickie Miner Janeane Garofalo
Sammy Gray Steve Zahn
Michael Grates Ben Stiller
Charlane McGregor Swoosie Kurtz
Wes McGregor Harry O'Reilly
Helen Anne Pierce Susan Norfleet
Tom Pierce Joe Don Baker
Tami Renée Zellweger
Rick James Rothenberg
Grant Gubler John Mahoney
Damien Eric Morgan Stuart
Grant's producer Barry Sherman
Troy groupie Chelsea Lagos
Director Ben Stiller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Contains some swearing and drug abuse. Available on: video and DVD