Sunday, May 17, 2009

Singles (1992) [PG-13] ****

Singles is an independent production with minimal production values, an uninspired script and a great soundtrack. It's successful as a quasi-documentary of the Gen-X grunge music scene in early 1990's Seattle, as a milestone in the career of writer/director Cameron Crowe, and as an example of the early work of four young actors and actresses who later rose to film stardom.

Steve (Campbell Scott), Janet (Bridget Fonda) and Cliff (Matt Dillon) are residents of a seedy apartment building in Seattle. Steve and Janet used to be a couple but now are just friends, because Janet is chasing Cliff, who's a musician with his own band. Steve is an urban planner, and when he meets Linda (Kyra Sedgwick), an environmental activist, he realizes that it's really important for him to get the relationship right, to make it work, especially since he lost Janet.

The message in this film is that making the connection, finding the enduring, loving relationship is important, but sometimes we're just not mature enough, or open enough, or flexible enough, or giving enough to make it last. And sometimes the timing is wrong, and no matter how much we care, no matter what we say or do, it isn't meant to be. Campbell Scott, Bridget Fonda and Kyra Sedgwick are especially compelling in this character-driven, ensemble romantic comedy, so if you enjoyed films like Beautiful Girls, Chasing Amy, Garden State, Reality Bites, or Say Anything…, or if you're a fan of Cameron Crowe's work, especially Almost Famous, then you might give Singles a try. 

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