"Singles" Keeps Giving Reasons To Stay That Way Review

There was a time, surely, when Singles must have felt pretty fresh. It was keyed into a time and place that has all but been enshrined as one the late twentieth century's great creative meccas (early 90s Seattle), and its young creative talent (most notably Cameron Crowe, who was between Say Anything and Jerry Maguire) was working in a form that had not yet ripened into insufferable cliché. Just how well that will translate to the present will vary from viewer to viewer, but on the whole, Singles retains its virtues, if more so as a time capsule than as a romantic comedy.

With an episodic structure that (faintly) echoes the early work of that other Gen X icon, Tarantino, Singles loops in and out of the lives a group of Seattle twentysomethings as they negotiate the competing interests of careers, relationships, personal independence and the active music scene. Linda (Kyra Sedgwick) and Steve (Campbell Scott), with their "should we or shouldn't we" concerns, form the nexus of this universe, but Janet (Bridget Fonda) and Cliff (Matt Dillon) are never far outside the periphery. At times, the film plays like a feature-length Fruitopia ad (it certainly gets the soundtrack right), and extensive conversations about how well matched people are based on their record collections may not play as well as they once did. But the cast is generally appealing, and its sense of the city is knowing enough that more dated elements play more charming than embarrassing.

SPECIAL FEATURES

There's a gag reel, unedited performances of "Birth Ritual" by Soundgarden, "It's Ain't Like That Anymore" and "Would" by Alice in Chains, a trailer, and a number of deleted and extended scenes. 

"Singles" is on sale April 7, 2015 and is rated PG13. Romance. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe. Starring Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Jim True Frost, Kyra Sedgwick, Matt Dillon, Sheila Kelley.

Sep
12
2015
Anders Nelson • Associate Editor

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