Introduced by Robert Morast, Houston Chronicle arts & entertainment editor 

Filmed and set in Houston, Reality Bites is Ben Stiller’s feature directorial debut. The story follows Lelaina (Winona Ryder), a Gen-Xer who films a documentary about herself and friends floundering in relationships and careers. Lelaina gets involved with yuppie Michael (Ben Stiller) while maintaining a love-hate relationship with Troy (Ethan Hawke). Also starring are Janeane Garofalo and Steve Zahn.

“Yearning, hilarious, lost within their precocious self-awareness, these slackers have soul.” —Entertainment Weekly

• See fun facts about the film in People and Mental Floss.

• “These are the 50 greatest Texas movies ever. Ever.” —Houston Chronicle

About the Speaker
A North Dakota native raised on a ranch, journalist Robert Morast has been the Houston Chronicle arts and entertainment editor since 2016, preceded by stints including Arizona State University, the Virginian-Pilot, the Argus Leader, and the ProRodeo Sports News. Morast also co-authored the horror film The Girl in the Photographs, which was produced by Wes Craven and was an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Ben Stiller
Running Time
99 minutes