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Directed By
Ben Stiller

Written By:
Helen Childress

Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn, Swoosie Kurtz, Joe Don Baker, John Mahoney

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Movie Review by Jessica Film Junkie
March 5th, 2007

One Of The Best

The first film I ever bought with my own money is this biting comedy about life after college. Ben Stiller made his directorial debut in this story concerning Winona Ryder's Lelaina who is torn between Michael, the semi-pretentious MTV exec played by Stiller himself, and Troy, the slacker-genius played by Ethan Hawke, seemingly modeled after every guy, who wanted to be Kurt Cobain, but settled for projecting sarcasm and knowing longing-to-be-tamed looks at all his friends, while she attempts self-definition through making a documentary of her life. Yet for me the movie is stolen by Janeane Garofalo, as Lelaina's roomie Vickie who works at the GAP and reeks of sarcasm, and Steve Zahn, as their other roomie Sammy who is coming out of the closet. Classic moments like the 'Melrose Place' conversation ("Vickie: You don't understand, every day, all day, it's all that I think about, OK? Every time I sneeze, it's like I'm four sneezes away from the hospice. And it's like it's not even happening to me, it's like I'm watching it on some crappy show like Melrose Place or some sh*t right, and I'm the new character, I'm the HIV AIDS character and I live in the building and I teach everybody that 'It's OK to be near me, it's OK to talk to me.' And then I die. And there's everybody at my funeral wearing halter tops or chokers or some sh*t like that."), the pop can bong ("Vickie: Don't Bogart that can, man... Troy: Are you retarded? Vickie: No, I'm rhyming. It's not easy. Sure I make it look easy... ") and, of course, the "My Sharona" gas station scene make this one of my all-time favorites.

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