Reality Bites

Synopsis: In this study of Generation X manners, Lelaina, the valedictorian of her college class, camcords her friends in a mock documentary of posteducation life. Troy is her best friend, a perpetually unemployed musical slacker. Vickie is a manager at the Gap who worries about the results of an AIDS test, while Sammy has problems grappling with his sexuality. When Lelaina meets Michael, an earnest video executive who takes her homemade video to his MTV-like station, she must decide what she values--the materialism of yuppie Michael or the philosophical musings of Troy.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Ben Stiller
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

And they wonder why

those of us in our twenties...

refuse to work

an 80-hour week...

just so we can afford

to buy their BMWs...

why we aren't interested...

in the counterculture

that they invented...

as if we did not see them

disembowel their revolution...

for a pair

of running shoes.

But the question remains...

what are we going to do now?

How can we repair all the damage

we inherited?

Fellow graduates,

the answer is simple.

The answer is...

The answer is...

I don't know.

Good save, Lelaina.

I'm not a valedictorian,

but I play one on TV.

We all know you slept your way

to the podium.

My favorite part about

graduating now would be...

dodging my student-loan officer

for the rest of my life.

He will be in cahoots...

with the Columbia

Record and Tape Company guy...

who's been after my ass

for years.

Troy Dyer, I brought you back

a souvenir.


You know, you can still go back

next year and graduate...

still get your BF.A.

Oh, can I? And then I can hang

this on my rearview mirror...

to brag to all my good buddies

back home that I graduated.

Well, I through

with the whole life drama.

Well, I know

this sounds cornball...

but I'd like to somehow make

a difference in people's lives.

And I... I would like

to buy them all a Coke.

And you wonder

why we never got involved.

Three words... November sixteenth


Oh, totally drunk

and out of my mind!

It would have been

a poetic experience...

if I weren't such a gentleman,

which I am.

Just let it go, Dyer.

Surrender the fantasy.

Hey, Sammy,

what's your goal?

My goal is to...

Like a career or something.

Lainie, I think the moment

has been appropriately captured.

Would you please take your face

out of the camera?

Come on.

It's for my documentary.



Think fast.

Here's the deal.

I'm going to take Sam

against his will...

and straighten him out

because I truly believe...

that if we can get two women

on the Supreme Court...

we can get at least one

on you, Sam.

I'm Superman.

-I can fly.

-She's toast.


Quick, Vickie.

What's your social security?

Uh... 851-25-9357.

Very impressive.

It's the only thing

I really learned in college.

Sometimes I get that

"not so fresh" feeling.

Conjunction junction,

what's your function?

Hooking up words

and phrases and clauses

Conjunction junction,

how's that function?

Got three favorite cars

that get most of my...

Honey, honey. No, no, no.

Is yours good?

It doesn't seem fresh.

I'm sorry.

Well, I guess

it's about time...

for me to give you

your graduation present, huh?

Your... gas card.

I'll pay that bill for one year.

And since Helen Anne's got

herself a brand-new Infinity...

we're gonna give you

her old BMW.

You can pick it up

at our house.



Tom, didn't you listen

to her speech today?

She didn't want a BMW.

Mom, I'll handle this.

I'm not gonna sit here

and listen again...

to some strange ethical argument

about a damn car.

Now, it's got four wheels.

It runs well.

And, little darling,

after you've been...

in the real world

for a while...

you're gonna appreciate

that car.

Yeah. Just think of all those

starving children in Africa...

who don't even have cars.

Troy, does your father

give you gifts like that?


Well, actually, my father's

dying of prostate cancer...

so I don't really trouble him

much for gifts.

See, Tom.

You don't want a BMW.

Tell him, Lelaina.

Charlane, she can

make up her own mind.

Dad, don't talk to her that way.

She's not a child.

Well, she married one.

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