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Almost inevitably, as the first mainstream Hollywood movie to focus on post-college 'Generation X'-ers, actor Stiller's directorial debut sets up all sorts of youth-cred expectations it then has a hard time fulfilling. Ryder plays recent graduate Lelaina Pierce, given the heave-ho by a Houston TV station and left to fend for herself in the harsh economic climate of the '90s. Luckily, though, love is there - but can she choose between muso Troy (Hawke), a goatee-sporting wastrel, or will it be smarmball MTV executive Michael (Stiller)? There's probably a moderate little romantic comedy crying to get out here, but the film's vain striving for casual hip proves suffocatingly obtrusive.

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Duration: 99 mins

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Director: Ben Stiller
Screenwriter: Helen Childress
Cast: Winona Ryder
Ethan Hawke
Ben Stiller
Janeane Garofalo
Steve Zahn
Swoosie Kurtz
Joe Don Baker
Harry O'Reilly
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