Early 90's grunge enthusiasts look for love.
Directed by Cameron Crowe
Starring Bridget Fonda, Matt Dillon, and Campbell Scott
Initial Review by Drew Landry
The story of Singles was nothing new as it has been played numerous times from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to The Wedding Singer to nearly any Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock film. What sets Singles apart from them was twofold. One was its time and relevance. These characters talked about sex and dating in an honest and open manner. The tide was turning in our culture around this point on sex’s open discussion and Singles aided in that effort. Nowadays, viewers see this discussion and do not flinch. We view it as a commonplace but it was not that way in the early nineties.
The way it was portrayed could possibly give viewers heartburn. It was not done in any kind of symmetrical order because there was neither a problem that needed to be fixed at the beginning nor a solution to things at the end. It was five people’s search for happiness and for those characters, “happiness” was success in the workplace and finding love.
Singles had some comical parts too. The video dating scene was hilarious. Anyone not notice Tim Burton’s cameo in that scene? Also, the pregnancy test was difficult not to smile at. “Is it blue?” *Camera fades to show a blue watery substance in a test tube.* Side note, what a difficult pregnancy test! Of course, Cliff talking about the song “Touch Me, I’m Dick” was the quintessential stereotype of a dumb front man but still funny. Then, when Janet kisses him at the end was both ridiculous and funny.
Lastly, it was filled with cameos from movie and music people. Tim Burton as aforementioned, Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell, Lane Stanley, Jerry Cantrell, Cameron Crowe all made appearances. Seeing them peppered throughout was nicely done.
This was a solid film. The breaks or what can be called “chapters” were bothersome but that was something Cameron Crowe meant to do. He purposely told an asymmetrical, emotional story and did it well but that does not mean it would be well received. Despite that, Singles was a good film.