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Singles (1992)
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by Ryan Arthur

"Come...to Debbie Country."
5 stars

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.

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originally posted: 10/05/98 10:04:41
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User Comments

9/18/10 PAUL SHORTT LIVELY BUT UNEVEN 2 stars
11/24/09 tab does anyone know the name of the song that's playing when she goes into the condom party? 5 stars
5/16/09 Gema I actually love this movie, great music, great movie 5 stars
12/11/07 Gautam The characters in the film are handled with a sort of gentle humanism. 4 stars
3/20/07 James Dunn I was 19 when Nirvana broke through... This could be my bio-pic. Nostalgia clouds my mind. 5 stars
2/05/07 Kim Brilliant film with the best bands ever! 5 stars
4/08/06 Jay Pepper Watch for the mime that talks (Eric Stoltz) who looks like Chris Cornell in the scene 5 stars
8/16/05 ES Amazing soundtrack, bad movie 3 stars
5/20/05 Leni S Seeing Chris Cornell's body is the highlight of the movie :) 4 stars
3/11/05 Jeff Anderson A real letdown from Cameron Crowe. Acting especially Scott is great, but film goes nowhere. 2 stars
12/31/04 BJ Plot is stale, good to see Soundgarden, AiC, Pearl Jam & Chris Cornell though 3 stars
11/15/04 ICG It's only worth seeing for the AiC + soundgarden concert, and Pearl Jam's cameo. 2 stars
10/28/04 Ruz Crap plot, Soundgarden, Chris Cornell & AiC are the highlights 4 stars
10/23/04 Frisy Pretty bad movie but it has a stellar soundtrack. Chris Cornell's part is the funniest 3 stars
6/19/03 John Aster Habig typical romcom the twist is the grunge background 4 stars
3/21/03 Jack Sommersby Sub-par Crowe effort. Unrevealing and forced. 2 stars
1/20/02 jodie the best movie ever made and ed's in it. 5 stars
8/09/01 FrayLo just plain entertaining w/good music. 4 stars
4/17/01 BrainPan I never realized it until lately . . . I'm in love with Bridget Fonda 5 stars
2/20/01 Jake its not all that. mildly amusing and the soundtrack doesn't make it awesome. 3 stars
10/06/00 lissa perceptive, funny, eddie vedder and a great soundtrack 5 stars
10/12/98 joseph it's okay 3 stars
9/17/98 Chuck-D this movie much more so than any other is THE definitive grunge film 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  01-Jan-1992 (PG-13)

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Directed by
  Cameron Crowe

Written by
  Cameron Crowe

Cast
  Bridget Fonda
  Campbell Scott
  Kyra Sedgwick
  Sheila Kelley
  Jim True
  Matt Dillon



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