December 30, 1994 at 05:00 AM EST

Reality Bites

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder, Ben Stiller, Steve Zahn, Janeane Garofalo, Swoosie Kurtz, Amy Stiller, Renee Zellweger
director
Ben Stiller
Producer
Danny DeVito
genre
Comedy, Drama

Reality is hard to capture on screen. When The Real World‘s Pedro Zamora died of AIDS on Nov. 11, there were no cameras. Reality Bites, a movie whose Gen X characters distrust every media message, got at death’s unreality too. When Janeane Garofalo’s Vickie worries she might be HIV-positive, she tells Winona Ryder’s Lelaina, ”It’s like I’m watching it on … Melrose Place … I live in the building, and I teach everybody it’s okay to be near me … And then I die. And there’s everybody at my funeral wearing halter tops and chokers.” Lelaina understands: ”Melrose Place is a really good show.”

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