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Singles

Director: Cameron Crowe; Stars: Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, Matt Dillon; Release Date: November 29, 2005

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Makes you want to go back in time and move to Seattle in the '90s

  • Dec 16, 2008
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Singles has to be one of my all-time favorite 90's movies (although my list of movie faves is pretty long). I should say right up front that for me, the club scenes alone are reason enough to love this movie. I am a huge fan of grunge/alternative rock. So the performances by Soundgarden and Alice in Chains are some of my favorite parts in the movie. Plus, Eddie Veddar has a bit role as a member of the fictional band, Citizen Dick. Matt Dillon is comedy as Cliff Ponsier, the mediocre and artistically-challenged lead singer of Citizen Dick, in juxtaposition with cameos by these other hardcore bands. One of my favorite lines in the movie is after they've just read a newspaper review trashing one of thier performances, and the ever-optomistic Cliff goes: "We are loved in Italy and in Belgium, and this weekend we rock Portand!"

So Matt Dillon is awesome in Singles. Bridgette Fonda as his love interest, Janet, is also really endearing. She's super likeable and real. Debbi Hunt is the counter to Janet, the kind of person you know everyone secretly is annoyed by but for some reason is an intrigal part to of the group. And then there are the two main characters, Steve and Linda, played by Campbell Scott and Kyra Sedgwick. The movie pretty much revolves around thier love story, which involves so much humor and honesty (and great music) that it transports Singles beyond the typical chic flick genre. This movie is simply enjoyable, and now nostalgic ode to the '90s grunge scene.

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January 10, 2009
This is one of those romantic flicks that most guys even like. In fact, most like it more than me, and I have been shushed during this movie. It's like "Repro Man" — I just don't get it.
 
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review by . May 26, 2004
Pros: music, Bridget Fonda, fun cameos, a couple of conversations     Cons: Campbell Scott, horrible pacing, tries too hard, mostly bad dialogue     The Bottom Line: Love in the '90s is paranoid, but Crowe makes it seem pretty lame.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. One of the beautiful things about Say Anything (1989) is its innocence. You experience 19-year-old Lloyd’s jubilation and pain …
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The Seattle music scene is the backdrop for this tale of single twentysomethings trying to find themselves and each other in the 1990s. Linda (Kyra Sedgwick) and Steve (Campbell Scott) meet in a club and begin to play the dating game. Janet (Bridget Fonda) has a thing for Cliff (Matt Dillon), who barely acknowledges her existence. Cameron Crowe's (SAY ANYTHING, JERRY MAGUIRE) script tackles the ups and downs of romance with humor and honesty. Highlights include live performances by Alice in Chains and Soundgarden, as well as cameos by the members of Pearl Jam.
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