Lelaina Pierce (Winona Ryder) faces life after college, using a video documentary about her confused and drifting friends to advance her ambitions in the entertainment industry. When a video executive (Ben Stiller, also making his directorial debut) becomes romantically interested in her, she is forced to choose between her slacker boyfriend (Ethan Hawke) and the big cruel world of adulthood lurking ahead.
Sharon Seymour - Production Designer, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (2004)
Steve Zahn - Actor
Renée Zellweger - American Actress, NURSE BETTY (2000)
Renee Kathleen Zellweger - American Actress, NURSE BETTY (2000)
Eric Morgan Stuart
Karen Duffy - Actress/"Dumb And Dumber"
Swoosie Kurtz - American Actress
Winona Ryder - American actress, GIRL, INTERRUPTED
Winona Laura Horowitz - American actress, GIRL, INTERRUPTED
Andy Dick - Actor, IN THE ARMY NOW
Janeane Garofalo - Actress
Evan Dando - Singer/leader of the Lemonheads
Joe Don Baker - American Actor, WALKING TALL
Danny DeVito - American actor/director, HOFFA (1992)
Danny De Vito - American actor/director, HOFFA (1992)
Ben Stiller - American director/actor, MEET THE PARENTS (2000)
Eugenie Bafaloukos - Costume Designer
Anne Meara - American film & television actress
David Pirner - Lead Singer, Soul Asylum
John Mahoney - American actor, FRASIER
Pat Crawford Brown
Ethan Hawke - American actor, REALITY BITES, TRAINING DAY
Keith David - American character actor/voice actor, PITCH BLACK/SPAWN
Lisa Zeno-Churgin - Editor, THE LAST KISS (2006)
Lisa Zeno Churgin - Editor, THE LAST KISS (2006)
An intelligent young college grad-gone-filmmaker decides to make a movie about some of her confused and struggling twentysomething friends. Along the way, she tries to figure out the answers to her own quandaries about life, love and work.
Screenwriter Helen Childress was 23 years old at the time of writing. Video sequences by James Jones. Feature film directing debut for Ben Stiller. Copyright 1994 Universal City Studios, Inc.
"...Genuinely smart and funny..." - 07/01/1994 Sight and Sound, p.50-1
"...SLACKER without the slackness, intentionally commercial and breezily entertaining....A spectacular cast..." - 02/18/1994 New York Times, p.C3
"...Tenderly funny..." -- Rating: A - 03/11/1994 Entertainment Weekly, p.42
"...A romantic comedy that is cheerful, edgy and alive..." - 02/18/1994 Los Angeles Times, p.F1
"REALITY BITES is a touchstone for anyone just out of college and stuck with more ideals than job prospects..." - 07/08/2004 Rolling Stone, p.138