Hipsters of 1990s Film #1: The Entire Cast of Singles
When I was a teenager, I thought that all bars would be like the bars in Singles— filled with people who really liked music, who wanted to dance to rock and roll, who maybe wanted to mingle and meet people and maybe wanted to just be in the crowd with a beer. Now I realize that bars will never, ever be as fucking hip as the bars in Singles. (Note: When I was 21, I thought that the Lit Lounge was as close to this cool as you could get until I realized it was awful.)
I have no real affinity for Seattle Grunge. Pearl Jam is ok. Nirvana made some good records. But damn if the cast of Singles don’t make it look like the most fun thing ever.
Janet is chill and super hot. Linda likes working and living by herself and dancing. And Debbie, who is probably the best example of I don’t like to be called Debbie, would be a fucking riot if you went out to those great clubs with her. The appeal of the people in Singles is that, unlike the characters in every other Cameron Crowe movie, their motivation doesn’t rest on the fact that they are total fucking jerks. Instead, they’re people you would actually hang out with, even if they dress cooler and have better jobs and know where the good clubs are. But you get the sense that even if you all went out for beers together, everyone would probably go home at midnight cos you’d all get tired because you are, you know, normal people who have pretty rad lives.