From time to time, I get kind of nostalgic about certain time periods in history. And, I can honestly say without hesitation – the 90s is one of those time periods.
From the very beginning of the film, I could see the them of the movie. It’s about life. And, the unexpected.
(Note: For those who have seen the film, you’ll know what I’m talking about. I’m mainly referring to the speech in the opening scene).
For some of us (like the main character, Lelaina played by Winona Ryder), we have life planned all out for us. And, when our plans don’t exactly turn out the way we planned them – we get frustrated and don’t understand how things could have gone wrong.
But, the question is – did things really go wrong? Or, was the outcome just a result of the unexpected and what we call life? That is the true question.
In a nutshell, this is truly a generational movie at heart. Though it seems to target a certain generation (mainly Generation X), I think it can be most relatable to other generations.
It basically makes a statement about what happens after college, what is the next step? For most, it’s to go out into the real world, get a job, and pay bills just like everyone else.
But, is that really the type of life we all want? What ever happened to our hopes and dreams? And, that leads us to the title of the film “Reality Bites.”
As Lelaina found out by going out into the real world, there’s a difference between how she planned things to be and how they really were. She found out the hard way the real truth about the world.
Though, she still had her aspirations to be a documentary filmmaker – she still had to put money on the table and pay the bills. And, that was the reality of the situation.
Even in her personal relationships, Lelaina soon found her planning was not what she had expected. In the end, it was life and her feelings that steered her where she turned up to be. But, it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing as she was happy.
And, isn’t that what counts – being happy? Sure, we may have to do things we may not necessarily enjoy (like work a job to pay the bills). But, in the end if we can still find that balance, find a way to still persevere and work towards our dreams (even if it’s on the side) – that’s what matters. We can find meaning again in life, we can find purpose.
Without purpose, we lose our sense of direction – we lose our path. But, having purpose keeps us alive. Having purpose keeps us looking forward to the next day. And, that is really the theme of the movie – finding our purpose but at the same time dealing with the realities of life.
“Evian is naive spelled backwards?”
“I was conceived on an acid trip.”
And, my personal favorite:
“I’ve gotta go to a jean folding seminar.” (Loved the references to her job at the Gap, very entertaining!)
Overall, it was a real treat to see this movie again. Quite honestly, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen this one – I’m glad I did.
If you’re in the mood for a 90s type of film with a focus as a generation piece, I do recommend this one.
(Note: For those who have seen the movie, I really enjoyed seeing the references to the brands of that era as well as the television shows and tv commercials. It definitely felt like a blast from the past!)
Happy movie watching!
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