Reality Bites is 20 years old today. Basically about the same age as some of you reading this. For those of you who were still in Pampers when this movie came out, Reality Bites followed the lives of four recent graduates who dared to fight the man, tried to find love, and smoked what seems like six packs of cigarettes a day. An aspiring filmmaker, Lelaina (Winona Ryder) captures the struggles of Generation X through firsthand accounts from her friends: the handsome coffee-house guitarist, Troy (Ethan Hawke), her promiscuous roomie Vickie (Janeane Garofalo), who might be HIV positive, and Sammy (Steve Zahn), who struggles to come out to his mother.
Like all good things, the '90s had to come to an end. Gone are the days of car phones and finding simple enjoyment in coffee and cigarettes (sans an iPhone in your other hand). Garage bands take a backseat so the musicians can get real jobs. And those real jobs wouldn't be found in printed-out classifed ads.
Now wrap yourself up in flannel, here's what would change if Reality Bites was made for the Millennials.
Written by Hope Schreiber (@HopeSchreiber)
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