Singles is a great film. I loved every minute of this film. Cameron Crowe has directed two films I consider essential viewing. Say Anything was the first and Singles is the second. The cast seemed like real people to me, and I loved all the performances. This film dealt with relationships in the 90's in a very realistic, funny and sometimes sad way. The soundtrack to this film is amazing. Great selection of tunes. This film has many moments you'll be quoting from for quite a long time. Great film.
A sweet romantic comedy (by braids)
This movie has almost convinced me that I am way too closed minded about mainstream movies.I saw this mainly because of its 'grunge' soundtrack, composed by the brilliant Paul Westerberg.What I saw was not a 'grunge' subculture movie, but rather a conventional romantic comedy, probably quite similar to many Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts movies, but I loved it! Sometimes you need a bit of sugar in a movie, in the same way you need to escape, or have your mind expanded.I really enjoyed this movie, and I find it hard to believe that anyone can not find something to like about it. <more>
This movie is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I'm still surprised it does not get more recognition. The movie plot is great, the characters fit with the said location, and the soundtrack is the best I've ever heard in a soundtrack. This movie is funny and serious at the same time and creates many unforgettable scenes such as the "bee scene" with Eddie Vedder and the other members of Dick .
Little moments make 'Singles' one of my favorite movies (by femme_fish)
Cameron Crowe is one of those directors that thrive on making the little moments in movies the most memorable ones you'll ever see in your life. In 'Almost Famous,' it was when everyone on the Stillwater tour bus was singing along to "Tiny Dancer." In 'Say Anything...' it was when Lloyd was driving around and proclaimed how his heart was exchanged for Diane's pen. Crowe also creates many memorable little moments in 'Singles,' which may not be the most famous movie he's made but it's one of the best.Even though 'Singles' is about <more>
twenty-somethings in Seattle, everything rang true to me as I am now, a teenager. The film is honest and real in how couples become couples and how relationships can fall apart. 'Singles' isn't at all mean-spirited or depressing in its portrayal of relationships or the dating game, so it might turn some people off who want to see the extremely ugly confrontations a la 'Closer' . But the moments in 'Singles' that make it worth watching are when Linda Kyra Sedgewick gets to know Steve Campbell Scott while going through his record collection in his apartment. Or when Janet Bridget Fonda sneezes and gets a "bless you" from someone she and the audience would least expect.Everything about 'Singles' is great. The cast, the music and the truth behind the movie will bring a smile to your face.
Unfortunately one of Cameron Crowe's less recognized films.. (by ecclusiastics)
Singles follows the dating lives of a bunch of apartment-block residents; set in grunge era Seattle- but you already knew that. This is not a 'great' film but it exudes a genuine warmth and will surely give you those feel good fuzzies.What I liked most about the film was the way this eclectic mix of love stories came together so well. All the characters are extremely likeable Campbell Scott's especially and you get emotionally invested in them very soon.This is the kind of film you can just kick back with on a rainy Saturday afternoon- you don't need to exert much mental <more>
energy to follow the rambling plot; just prepare to watch representations of very real relationships that you probably will be able to relate to on some level.
Hilarious rockin romcom & the last of the great American growing-up comedies (by rooprect)
In the 80s, three directors perfectly captured the comedy of young American growing pains. These directors are John Hughes "Sixteen Candles", "Breakfast Club", "Ferris Buehler" , Savage Steve Holland "Better Off Dead" and Cameron Crowe "Say Anything" . All of these films are characterized by witty, tongue-in-cheek dialogue satirical but not sarcastic and surreal, music-video-like gags such as, I dunno, a pigburger patty grabbing a guitar and rocking out to Van Halen's "Everybody Wants Some".When the 80s ended, apparently so <more>
did their unique and idiosyncratic brand of humour. John Hughes stopped directing in 91, and Savage Steve's last feature film was also in 91. Cameron Crowe evolved into a different style with his hugely successful 30-something comedy "Jerry Maguire". Here, folks, in 1992 I believe we have the last and possibly best of the great 80s growing-up films. If you've seen the others I mentioned, don't consider your life complete until you see "Singles".Even with Crowe's 1989 "Say Anything", focusing on high school graduation, Crowe was the most mature of the bunch yet every bit as quirky and hilarious. "Singles" covers the next age, 23-to-27, establishing careers and facing grown up problems but still as wild and emotionally reckless as high school kids. I suppose some of us carry that same crazy recklessness late into life which is what makes this movie great for oddballs of all ages.The movie is perfectly cast with Cambell Scott in the lead think John Cusack but a sharper dresser , Kyra Sedgwick as a slightly flakey control freak maybe an early version of Tina Fey in "30 Rock" , and a host of awesome supporting characters: Bridget Fonda as the slightly neurotic groupie who refuses to admit that she's a groupie, Sheila Kelley remember the hot paralegal in LA Law? who plays a goofy, insecure maneater, Eric Stoltz Caprica, Pulp Fiction, The Prophecy in the oddest role he's ever played: an obnoxious mime who won't shut up, and of course the show-stealer Matt Dillon as the not-so-bright artist/rockstar whose magnum opus is a song called "Touch Me, I'm Dick".Speaking of rock music, cameo appearances, as well as performances, include... are you paying attention, folks...?Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard from Pearl JamChris Cornell and the gang from SoundgardenThomas Doyle singer for TAD "You got the wrong number, lady, but I'll be right over" Pat Nizzio singer for The SmithereensEveryone from Alice in ChainsJeremy Piven Ari Gold in Entourage as the funniest checkout clerk you've ever seenBill Pullman as a nerdy breast implant surgeonPaul Giamatti in one of his first speaking roles ever "What?!!" Cameron Crowe's motherand none other than director TIM BURTON as Bryan the next Martin Scorcese pronounced "Score-seeez" haha And if that's not enough to make you want to rush out and rent this movie, don't forget the killer soundtrack with tunes by the aforementioned bands plus Jane's Addiction, Smashing Pumpkins, Paul Westerberg The Replacements and others I'm probably forgetting.The story itself is fantastic, not only hilarious but probably the most insightful peek into romance disorder since "When Harry Met Sally". This comedy has it all. See it, see it again. Live it. And praise the gods of 80s comedy that we were given this final masterpiece of a bygone era.
I was very surprised how much I enjoyed this movie knowing that Crowe directed it, I hated his Jerry Maguire, but this movie was very different, it didnt resort to swearing and heavy sexual content like Jerry Maguire did. Although the plot needs some work, this movie does a great job at showing how the dating scene works and I loved it for that. Maybe I also liked it because of it was made in the early 90's, a time period that I really liked. Im sure this movie bores the hell out of some people, but I know there are many who love it, and im one of them. A great cast helps a lot as well, I <more>
liked seeing Bill Pullman in his role, he did a very good job. Overall a great, unusual movie, far above most. 9 out of 10.
Singles stars Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, and Matt Dillon.The movie centers on the lives of a group of young people who are in their 20's and they are living in Seattle,Washington.These people includes Janet,a coffee-bar waitress fawning over Cliff,an aspiring,yet slightly aloof rock musician of a fictional grunge/rock band Citizen Dick;Linda Powell and Steve Dunne, respectively - a couple wavering on whether to commit to each other, and Debbie Hunt, who is trying to find Mr. Right - a man who would make an ideal romantic partner - by making a video to express her <more>
desire. The events of the film are set against the backdrop of the early 1990's grunge movement in Seattle.The film also has a number of cameos, including actors Eric Stoltz, Tom Skerritt, Peter Horton, director Tim Burton and the film's author/director, Cameron Crowe. From the musical side of the fence, Singles features appearances by Sub Pop executive Bruce Pavitt, musicians Chris Cornell, Pat DiNizio, Tad, and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, and Stone Gossard, who play Dillon's backing band, Citizen Dick.Singles is a funny and engaging film.No question that Cameron Crowe had a great screenplay and the direction of the movie was simply great.The soundtrack was also amazing.This is definitely one of the good films ever released in the 90's for it is very smart and witness real people relate to each other about real feelings and using real words.
Finally I have caught up with all of Cameron Crowe's films. Like his directorial debut, Say Anything, Singles brings us great music, a cast of unknowns we all know now, and a story with heart and laughs. Maybe it just goes to where I am in my life at the moment, but this movie really resonated with me. The fact that life relies so much on luck, whether good or bad, to shape our personal relationships, our career, and our loves is quite prevalent. Sometimes it takes an accident, an event that you were never looking for, to bring two people together, or rekindle something that was thought <more>
to be lost forever. If only I lived in Seattle right now and it was the early-90s, I wouldn't mind going through it all as much as in Buffalo. At least I could go to a club show and see acts like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, and Citizen Dick. Now that was a music scene.Singles is about just that, a group of twenty-somethings going through that transition after college, beginning careers and looking for meaningful relationships. Most of the characters live in a small apartment complex and are very close friends, I guess you can look past the fact that the entire five person building consists of that one age group . There is the rocker working four jobs and not able to see the perfect girl standing right in front of him Matt Dillon ; the girl who is working off her loans to go back to school and make something of her life Bridget Fonda ; the guy who has found success in work but not in life finally running into the girl of his dreams in the one place he never thought he'd find her Campbell Scott ; and that girl, tired of the games and heartbreak, trying to open herself up to him, someone she cares for, but is too afraid to risk losing everything again Kyra Sedgwick . Each of these actors is fantastic and adds just the right amount of quirk and individuality to the film. We all know people like these and I know I started to superimpose myself with my friends into the story because it has or could happen to us. Sure it is a different decade and yes the film is dated in that way garage openers as the new varsity letter jacket? but at its core, this could be any year.I also really like the direction by Crowe. He is a writer and rock music fanatic by trade and attempts to infuse a lot of his own sensibilities to the work. There is a novice quality still at play and it just makes everything that much more believable and tenuous. Without the gloss and polish you feel as though it all is transpiring right before your eyes. Even his use of breaking the fourth wall, for no apparent reason whatsoever, worked for me. Splitting the film into vignettes is a nice touch too, but it is the narration straight to the camera that intrigues. I would love to say a show like "Saved By the Bell" owes much to this film, but sadly it predates it. So, maybe Crowe appropriated the gimmick himself, either way it works as a way of seeing inside the leads and flesh them out a bit more. The payoff of Scott yelling out the window for Dillon to be quiet as he was talking is great. He's talking to us as an aside fictionally, but I guess the guy needs his concentration. I even liked the spotting blatant material objects for each character, especially books. One is by Lester Bangs, a future role infused in Crowe's Almost Famous ; Sedgwick, of course, has Franny & Zooey a superior novel in my opinion to Catcher in the Rye as she is looking for her Holden Caufield ; and Fonda has Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, as should every aspiring architect.And the cameoshow can I not mention the plethora of bit parts, all priceless in their own way? We have the soundtrack's performers sprinkled throughout from Dillon's band Citizen Dick consisting of Pearl Jam's Vedder, Ament, and Gossard to Chris Cornell enjoying Fonda's car get the bass kicked out of it on the street corner. The great Bill Pullman as the lost plastic surgeon, overwhelmed by career success yet unable to have fun; Eric Stoltz as the philosophical mime that doesn't mind talking; and Jeremy Piven as the loud-mouth fan of Scott during his DJ-ing days "who else can mix Elvis Costello with Public Enemy?" are each a joy. The real knee-slapper, though, is mister Oscar-nominated actor Paul Giammati with his one lined, prolonged make-out session in the diner. I was on the floor laughing.