- Actors: Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, Sheila Kelley, Jim True-Frost
- Directors: Cameron Crowe
- Writers: Cameron Crowe
- Producers: Cameron Crowe, Art Linson, Kelly Curtis, Richard Chew, Richard Hashimoto
- Format: Dolby
- Language: English
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Warner
- VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
- Run Time: 95 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004CNGG
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,770 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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'Singles' follows the love lives of a group of Twentysomethings who all live in the same apartment block in Seattle. Traffic planner Steve embarks on a turbulent relationship with Linda, a commited environmentalist who he meets at a club, while Janet, a coffee shop waitress, attempts to pin down Cliff, an inept singer in a band who is more interested in working through the cliches of the Rock'n'Roll lifestyle. His attitude changes, however, when Janet gives up the chase, and it becomes his turn to do the wooing. 'Rolling Stone' writer Cameron Crowe directs, covering the romantic comedy with a subcultural sheen which led to 'Singles' being billed as the first 'grunge' movie. Matt Dillon's backing band are played by members of Pearl Jam, while their song 'Touch Me, I'm Dick' is a parody of Mudhoney's underground classic, 'Touch Me, I'm Sick'.
Writer/Director Cameron Crowe's affable twentysomething romantic comedy is less a tale of tortured love than a prescient portrait of a culture on the cusp of Generation X--that is Seattle, circa 1991. One-time Rolling Stone journalist Crowe, ever aware of pop trends, lovingly details a society newly beguiled by slackers, answerphones, self-analysis, the coffee-house fetish, post-AIDS safe sex and, most importantly, grunge music--Smashing Pumpkins, Mudhoney and Jane's Addiction pepper the soundtrack, while various Pearl Jam players cameo as members of the film's fictional grunge wannabes Citizen Dick.
In the midst of all this sits a cosy residential apartment block, a perfect setting for the emotional crises of on-again, off-again, on-again couples Steve and Linda (Campbell Scott and Kyra Sedgwick) and Cliff and Janet (Matt Dillon and Bridget Fonda). Steve is a sensitive transport engineer whose game-playing backfires when he meets Linda, an environmental activist with a fear of rejection. Cliff is a feckless rock musician, and front man for Citizen Dick, whose inability to commit to Janet is forcing her to take desperate measures. Will the couples split? Will they reunite? And will they learn a little something about life, maturity and commitment along the way? As you'd expect from the man behind the cutesy teen classic Say Anything (his directorial debut), Crowe's relationship resolutions are often simplistic and sentimental ("You rock my world!" and "You belong to me!" are two such vocal denouements). And this, combined with a rambling narrative often makes the movie feel longer than its 95 minutes (an inter-title announcing "The Theory of Eternal Dating" sums it up). Nonetheless, there's enough wit, comic digression and tap-along gaiety elsewhere to make Singles an enjoyably slight romantic placebo. --Kevin Maher
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FYI the blu ray plays on my UK only machine. Bonus.
If you've ever listened to Pearl Jam Soundgarden Alice in Chains or ever dated another human being or would like to watch this film.