Young love in and for the Nineties -- which apparently entails a preoccupation with the Seventies: TV reruns, goldie oldies, wall posters (Saturday Night Fever, Love Story), memorabilia (Charlie's Angels lunchbox). The script, about a one-for-all-and-all-for-one foursome of college grads, is riddled with observations on the level of "Evian is naive spelled backward." And the indulgence of these people seems somehow an accurate match for, or projection of, their self-indulgence. The most entertaining character, however -- comical and yet truly pitiful too -- is the slightly older, squarer, less cool yuppie ("He's the reason they invented Cliff Notes") played by Ben Stiller, who also directed. The woman in whom he's romantically interested, and who carries the flag of youthful idealism, is a wanna-be video artist documenting (in vertiginous camerawork) her generation's quest "to find their identity without having any real role models or heroes." We're intended to take her seriously and sympathetically. Easier seen than done. With Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, and Steve Zahn. (1994) — Duncan Shepherd
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