Letters of Life

Joie de Vivre

Reality Bites (1994) was a low-key film, Ben Stiller’s first stint as a director, telling the story about Gen X-ers dealing with the challenges of life after graduation. Relationships, job-hopping, at the tail-end of self-discovery, the whole shebang.

This scene, where Janeane Garofalo and Wynona Ryder (and Ethan Hawke and Steve Zahn) kick it up in a 7/11, made me wish I could do the same with a likeminded friend. [Especially if it’s My Sharona by The Knack.] Countless times I’ve been in 7/11s and heard great songs, but nobody to dance silly with. I still would do it in a heartbeat.

One captivating minute of joie de vivre.

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