That's a very nice hat you're wearing, and I don't mean that in an Eddie Haskell kind of way.This film gets kind of a bum rap. It's not just a slacker movie, or a grunge movie, or whatever. It's more than that.
It follows the lives of six people, all in their 20's. Some are dating, some are not. Some are dating each other. It's like a series of vignettes, where we come to know each character, little by little, but mostly, it's about relationships. It's about not only finding someone, but finding someone you like and who likes you. Finding your match.
It's a plot point we all can relate to at some point in our lives. Two of the six (Campbell Scott and Kyra Sedgwick) seem made for each other, but the specifics of dating (when to call, how frequently) may be their undoing. Another couple (Bridget Fonda and a slimy looking Matt Dillon) seem so horribly wrong for each other, but you still root for them to hook up. Then there's Debbie (Sheila Kelly), who's so desperate that she goes to a video dating service and has her tape directed by the next big avante-garde director (Tim Burton in a cameo). She's convinced when the saleslady tells her, "he's only the next Martin Scor-seese." Therein lies the joke.
And that's basically it. It's not conventional in that there doesn't seem to be a point A to point B style narrative. There's lots of blackouts and things like that, and it jumps from character to character. It does have the definitive early-90's soundtrack (more grunge rock than you can shake a stick at), though, which lasted longer than the film did. Too bad.
Anyway. It's smart, it's funny, it's touching, and it's got lines like "I was nowhere near your neighborhood and I thought I'd stop by." Rent it.I live my life like a French movie.