A group of twenty-something friends search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle.A group of twenty-something friends search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle.A group of twenty-something friends search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle.
An oft-heard criticism of this film is that it's not an authentic portrayal of the Gen-X culture of the early 90's, but I've yet to see that done well in any film.
More importantly, the film never claims to be a Gen-X film. It's set in Seattle during the height of Seattle Sound but the cast is made up of driven professionals and slackers alike. It's more of a cross-section of 20-somethings, not a focus on Gen-X or Grunge. The characters, settings and themes are all to a certain degree idealized, which is a staple of Crowe's style.
Where this film's charm really lies is in capturing the spirit of the early-90's and the anti-classist sentiment embraced by teens and young professionals in opposition to the "status is everything" 1980s. It's nice to remember a time when being socially and environmentally conscious was actually fashionable for a time.
Sadly we all got sucked into the dot-com thing and realized we can be just as bad as our parents.
- Jul 21, 2003