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Layne Staley was so healthy, he was performing with no shirt on! That made me tear up a little to realize. I saw this when it came out and didn't know that music wouldn't be so good forever. It's got a pretty amazing soundtrack, including some treats in addition to Alice in Chains on stage, with Pearl Jam, a very young-looking and sounding Chris Cornell, May This Be Love/Jimi Hendrix, tons of great other stuff and even Blue Train, which I didn't recognize in 1992 plays when the character whose occupation revolves around trains is lying sad and pining on the floor. This movie is really funny and well-written, and it has a lot of style (from before the annoying and kind of saccharine "Friends" era that went overboard). Maybe I'm biased because I loved the good parts of the '90s when I was living through them, and it might not have the same appeal to someone younger watching it now; I can imagine it might not seem as original to a person who wasn't around and into this music scene when it was exciting and new. The novelty of seeing band members mixed into some of the scenes, and all the references to other Seattle bands and songs, even the artwork on the walls are parts of what make this so enjoyable to me, at least. Five stars! That rarely happens when I rewatch something I loved more than 25 years ago.
This 1992 film, directed by Cameron Crowe, was touted as a movie about the Seattle Grunge scene. It follows the lives of several singles in Seattle, all living in the same apartment complex (kind of like "Melrose Place"). From the moment you see the introspective soliloquies, with the characters speaking directly to the camera, you can tell that this is a movie that doesn't take itself too seriously. Though it is uneven in tone (especially the stilted dialogue in certain scenes-- the foreign student from Spain is a good example), it does have enough going for it to make it worth while, such as the affecting performances by Campbell Scott and Kyra Sedgwick.
You have Steve (Campbell Scott), who works for the Department of Transport, and deals with trying to solve the deadlock on the highways (look, a metaphor for emotional paralysis!). He is trying to push through his idea for a Supertrain, that will get people out of their cars, and hence clear up the congestion on the roadways.
Better to be the dumper than the dumpee. Linda (Kyra Sedgwick) works for environmental lobbyists, who loves control in her life yet paradoxically wants to give it up (garage door openers serve as a blatant metaphor for this in the first half of the film). And like her state of moral contradiction, she drives a gas-guzzling land yacht inherited from her father and tells Steve "But I still love my car."
Cliff (Matt Dillon) is a grunge musician who is the antithesis of the perfect boyfriend and Janet (Bridget Fonda) is the woman who lives upstairs and is in love with him. Debbie (Sheila Kelley) is an advertising executive who has a free video-dating subscription to use up to find the perfect man.
This film deals with many themes. One recurring one is that each character has an act for the express purpose of fooling others or themselves to maintain a sense of detachment from the isolation they feel. When Steve meets Linda for the first time in a bar, he tells her that he decided to approach her and be himself, without relying on an 'act'. Linda retorts with the speculation that his 'act' is 'not having an act'. Janet deludes herself into believing that Cliff is her boyfriend and that he loves her, even though Cliff says that he sees other people straight to her face. Janet then decides it is in her best interest to get breast implants, because that is what she feels is needed to be "Miss Right" for Cliff. In a hilarious video sequence, Debbie uses bizarre imagery in her cheesy dating video to find the perfect man.
I'm glad your lunch date didn't show up. Me too. Did you really have a lunch date? No. Another topic dealt with in "Singles" are the rituals of single life. Who calls who first? How many days do you wait before you call? Who acknowledges each phase of the relationship and when? When do you let yourself go and when do you play cool? These are the questions that the characters soul-search about. When Cliff doesn't show up at Janet's place one lonely Saturday night, she begins to play emotional games in order to decide what to do (if she sinks a basket, she'll call him... no, make it two out of three... and so on).
In terms of film-making techniques, there is an abundance of the MTV-school-of-film-making, from the over-the-shoulder-tripodless-in-your-face-documentary-look to the slo-mo tracking shots set to alternative music. To convey the sense of loneliness that these characters feel, Crowe uses a preponderance of one-shots-- shots where only one character is on the screen.
I don't want to be your girlfriend... I just want to know you again. What took you so long? I was stuck in traffic. All in all, "Singles" is a worthwhile film, filled with interesting bits of exposition on single life, and also watch out for Eric Stoltz as the mime who speaks, and Ally Walker ("Profiler") as Debbie's roommate. And stick around after the credits for two deleted scenes-- a cheesy scene where magazines at a newsstand are 'talking' to Steve and a spoof of subtitled-French-films.
I love this 1990s movie! I grew up during this era and can completely relate to the Doc Martin boots and flannel shirts. It's also set in my home town of Seattle! I love all the nods to Seattle hotspots - some of which don't even exist anymore. Great cast, clever, fun. I call it a must see.
Oh I feel like I am back in the good old 90's again. What a classic! Love the cameos from grunge musicians. Bridget Fonda and Matt Dillon are awesome. The whole thing was a trip down memory lane. This film REALLY captured the era. They didn't even call it "grunge" yet, it was "the Seattle sound." If you want to know what it was like to live in the 90's, this is the movie to see!
I have always really liked this movie - it came out in my early 20’s, living in SF. Totally relatable to anyone who was of age during the grunge period, or even of age at any point after that. The best part, though, is the sound track. High-caliber grunge, music curated (and some performed) by the great Paul Westerberg. I remember how thrilling it was to watch the members of Pearl Jam , who had recently exploded nationally, playing parts in the movie (Eddie Vedder!!!). Sorry I got really excited for a moment. Rent this if you’ve never seen it and you grew up in the eighties, rent it if you haven’t seen it since it came out. It is an entertaining movie, and an unforgettable soundtrack. So buy the soundtrack, too. Seriously.
Meh... Best thing about this movie is the soundtrack. Amazing playlist of the grunge era, with music from all of the iconic bands, except Nirvana (apparently, Cobain just didn’t want to contribute; but there’s a cover of one of their songs in the movie). If I had seen this in 1992, I’d probably like it much more, but watching it now for the first time, I have to say it’s just not a great rom-com. It’s not very funny, bad directing choices (surprisingly), the characters aren’t interesting (except Matt Dillon), and it just draaaaaags - it’s a very long 99 minutes. Again, though, I LOVED the music and the cameos of the bands from that era was pretty swell (Cornell and Staley especially) and it was fun to see several actors in early roles; particularly Paul Giamatti in one of his first films who is the “kissing man”.
In my Top 5 favourite movie of all time.. Embraces everything i imagine the Seattle grunge scene to be like back then.The music,😍 & the cameo appearances of some of the greatest artists ever to grace this earth & all of us have "those friends" portrayed by the main characters is pure genius on the part of Cameron Crowe. A must see if you haven't already watched it 100 times
I love this film so much and have done for ages. It captures a moment in time when Seattle was centre of the musical universe briefly. Ok it's a love story, nothing wrong with that, when done well, but it's more than that, it has heart and soul, musical and otherwise. A must see for any who likes Cameron "Jerry Maguire" Crow's work and appreciates the Seattle sound of the 80's- Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains etc.... Tippety top of the tree. FYI the blu ray plays on my UK only machine. Bonus.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 30, 2010
There is just one word that keeps popping up in my head when I think of this film: AWESOME! I've seen this so many times and it never gets old because it's such a great story of a bunch of friends that live in the same Apartment Block and have hit challenging moments in their love-lives, accompanied by great music by bands such as the amazing Alice In Chains and Soundgarden (both of whom do live sets in the Movie!) This is a great feel-good Seattle-Movie that you'll want to watch over and over again. I'm trying to write a good, descriptive review of this but all I think I really need to say about this is it's one of the best takes on Love ever made, and it's an instant classic! I love it!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 4, 2005
I watched Singles last night and I definitely recommend it. Yes, it has that element of chick flick about it, but it’s not schmaltzy or sickly in anyway, plus you get to see and hear Seattle as it should be seen and heard. Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament from PJ & Chris Cornell have cameo appearances and AIC & Soundgarden are actually seen playing live! Even if you’re not a fan of the story, which is about a group of twenty-something’s relationship issues, you *have* to watch it purely for the soundtrack. Chris Cornell was the musical advisor, so you know it ain’t gonna suck! If grunge is your thing (it is definitely mine!) get this film a for trip down memory lane that will leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling to help you through these long winter evenings for at least a few days…
I hate that word 'rom-com' but inevitably have to watch the latest gooey and not funny hollywood rubbish just to keep my fiance happy every so often. She doesn't like anything you have to use your brain in and therefore falls asleep.
I remembered this film the other day as I had originally seen it back in the 90's and had fond memories, thinking it could suit her as well as me. After ordering it and watching it again I'm glad I did.
This film is light hearted enough and sure it's a bit cliched at times but it genuinely is better than almost any romantic comedy I have seen in the last decade. It's not taxing but it is certainly a little deeper and thoughtful, you can just sit back and enjoy. It has a more viceral feel than most and is more relatable I would imagine to most people.
I think it is a bit misleading going on too much about the grunge. I'm a rock fan certainy, not really grunge though, but it didn't detract at all and it didn't eat up so much of the movie like some reviews have suggested. The grunge is just a function of the fact they are based in Seattle at a time when you couldn't have moved for that kind of sound then probably so it really adds to it but doesn't overpower the film in any way. The rest of the soundtrack is great too.
I would recommend this film to any guy who wants to pacify their Mrs with a film that is truely charming, not vacuous and braindead like most bile that is produced these days.
Disclaimer - sorry to Ladies, I know I'm generalising slightly, bordering on misogyny based on my better half so please excuse my ignorance.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 4, 2011
Where to start? This film has the best soundtrack ever recorded, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Paul Westerburg, The Lovemongers (Ann & Nancy Wilson), it does not get better than that! The film is ok too.
5.0 out of 5 starsSINGLES - Die typische 1990-er-Beziehungskomödie mit Grunge-Soundtrack auf Blu-ray
Reviewed in Germany on August 17, 2015
Seattle Anfang der 1990-er Jahre. Umweltaktivistin Linda Powell (Kyra Sedgwick) mag nach mehreren gescheiterten Beziehungen nicht mehr an die große Liebe glauben. Auch Verkehrsplaner Steve Dunne (Campbell Scott) war bisher wenig Liebesglück beschieden. Als beide sich auf einem Rockkonzert treffen, scheint es auf Anhieb zu funken - nur kann zuviel Einsicht in frühere Fehler auch problematisch sein. Janet Livermore (Bridget Fonda) ist in Grunge-Musiker Cliff Poncier (Matt Dillon) verliebt - eine eher einseitige Leidenschaft. Um endlich von Cliff seinen Idealen nach wahrgenommen zu werden, plant Janet eine Brustvergrößerung. Der selbstbewussten Debbie Hunt (Sheila Kelley) ist die persönliche Suche nach Mr. Right zu anstrengend - nur haben auch Vermittlungsagenturen keine Märchenprinzen auf Bestellung ...
Cameron Crowe (*1957) setzte mit seinem zweiten Film dem Zeitgeist der frühen 1990-er Jahre ein perfektes Denkmal, denn es war die Zeit vor dem Handy und weit vor den sozialen Netzwerken im Internet. So wäre die Handlung in die heutige Zeit nicht übertragbar und wird den heute 20-jährigen aus diesen Gründen teils unfreiwillig komisch vorkommen. Unvergessen ist der Film vor allem für die erste filmische Vermarktung des Grunge - eines zu jener Zeit populären Musikstils zwischen Punkrock und Heavy Metal.
Die Blu-ray von WARNER ist qualitativ eine deutliche Verbesserung zur bereits seit längerem nicht mehr lieferbaren DVD. Die Bildqualität ist für die Low-Budget-Produktion sehr gut. Während der englische Originalton in DTS-HD MA 2.0 vorliegt, gibt es deutsche und französische Synchronfassung in DD 2.0, spanisch und lateinamerikanisches Spanisch in DD 1.0. Optional sind deutsche und englische Untertitel für HG sowie weitere Untertitel verfügbar. Als Extras wurden in SD die kompletten Live-Performances von Soundgarden und Alice in Chains übernommen, weiterhin der Kinotrailer sowie noch 16 min mehr nicht verwendete Szenen, die nun fast eine Stunde Laufzeit haben und einige Nebencharaktere deutlich ausbauen. Das Cover (leider mit festem FSK-Logo) sieht übrigens völlig anders aus als gegenwärtig bei Amazon.de abgebildet. Das Motiv wurde von der US-Blu-ray übernommen, die auch ansonsten identisch ist.
Nicht nur für Fans von Cameron Crowe eine empfehlenswerte Veröffentlichung!
Entweder man liebt diesen Film oder nicht! Ein Film mit einem super Soundtrack und super Schauspielern!!! Man fühlt sich gleich wieder in die 90er zurückversetzt, in denen ich persönlich anfing, in die Disco zu gehen und Pearl Jam usw. zu hören. Eddie Vedder spielt hier übrigens auch mit :-) Der Film handelt von unterschiedlichen Charakteren, die alle auf der Suche nach einem Partner sind. Sie sind alle befreundet bzw. wohnen in einem Haus. (K)ein typischer Liebesfilm, da man darin bestimmt keine Lieder von Alice in Chains, etc. erwartet.
The original disc arrived on time, but it simply would not play without a lot of skipping and stopping; it was unwatchable. I emailed the seller and within a day they responded and immediately sent out another disc, no questions asked. The second disc arrived on time and it played perfectly. Would be a 5 star review, except for the minor inconvenience of having to wait a bit longer. They do claim to put products through a careful quality check before being sent out, but I guess it's hard to be 100% on that.
5.0 out of 5 starsNur gekauft wegen den Nebendarstellern.
Reviewed in Germany on October 5, 2017
Ich hab den Film nur gekauft wegen dem Soundtrack und weil Pearl Jam mitspielen. Denn komischerweise hatte ich zuerst die CD zum Film. Und der Film ist vom Konzept her klar nicht mein Ding aber dennoch kein Schrott. Halt Geschmackssache und allein wegen dem Rückblick auf die 90er mal sehenswert. .