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Grunge rock may provide the backdrop, but anyone expecting extended footage of Soundgarden in concert will be disappointed. But there's rich compensation to be found amid the aspirations of six love-hungry hopefuls as they explore Seattle's singles scene. Steve (Scott) falls for Linda (Sedgwick), who's been burnt by a smooth-talking Spaniard. Janet (Fonda, terrific) is sufficiently besotted by grunge rocker Cliff (a wonderfully self-mocking Dillon) to flirt with the idea of breast implants. Meanwhile, Debbie (Kelley) searches for a husband, and Bailey (True) finds his calling as agony uncle. Writer-director Crowe suffuses the film with tender humour and affection as the characters, most of them living in the same apartment block, swap stories, ponder sexual come-ons where none exist, and remain resolute in the face of emotional horrors. Pearl Jam, Mudhoney and Soundgarden contribute to the soundtrack, and the film's tone couldn't be sweeter.

By: CM

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Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Cameron Crowe
Screenwriter: Cameron Crowe
Cast: Bridget Fonda
Campbell Scott
Kyra Sedgwick
Sheila Kelley
Jim True
Matt Dillon
Bill Pullman
James Le Gros
Tom Skerritt
Eric Stoltz
Peter Horton
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I'd ideally like to give this film 3.5 stars but hey. Beggars can't be choosers, right?

This is one of those films that has been on my radar for years but it was only after the death of Chris Cornell that I thought I really should watch it for a better bit of insight into the Seattle scene of the early-mid 90s. Well, I would probably have been better off watching a doc, but I actually did appreciate the film for what it is.

Cameron Crowe knows music, okay? (See Almost Famous if you don't think so.) He does present a docu-style film about a group of singles living in the same apartment complex in Seattle, all trying to make sense of life and love and sex and what it all means to be a twenty-something in the 90s. It was, admittedly, really cool to see live performances from Soundgarden and Alice In Chains as part of the club scenes in the film, as well as to see Pearl Jam as Matt Dillon's backing band. Made me smile.

This film doesn't follow one particular story arc or plot line; rather it just tries to give a glimpse into a bunch of lives as they do their thing, separately and together. It's worth watching for the killer soundtrack alone.