Reality Bites (1994)
A dissection of Generation X and life as a young adult in the early to mid-90s – a world of camcorders, cigarettes, apartment sharing, and casual sex. With its trivially philosophical meanderings and music-video-style, Reality Bites arguably caught the 1990s zeitgeist better than most comparable films. And the film has retained its documentarian value, despite a rather sleight narrative basis. Because, at its core, this is just another story of guy-gets-girl, where the only looming question is whether it's the right guy in the end. A love triangle revolving around a Winona Ryder at the height of her popularity, an aptly bohemian Ethan Hawke, and a somewhat high-strung Ben Stiller, who also directed with a surprising amount of panache. Also with effective supporting work from Janeane Garofalo and a wealth of great tunes from the era in question. Good fun for people who remember the 90s.