->''"Welcome to the Maxi Pad."''
-->-- '''Vickie'''

A 1994 romantic {{dramedy}}/{{coming of age}} film directed by Creator/BenStiller, about four disaffected twentysomething friends from Houston trying to assess the direction of their aimless lives.

Creator/WinonaRyder stars as Lelaina, a recent college graduate with big dreams of becoming a successful videographer. She shares an apartment with {{Grunge}}-rocking slacker Troy (Creator/EthanHawke), Vickie (Creator/JaneaneGarofalo), a promiscuous Gap-managing snarker, and Sammy (Creator/SteveZahn), a guy struggling with [[ComingOutStory coming out]] to his parents, who are facing similar uncertain crossroads in their lives. Lelaina meets and dates Michael (Stiller), a yuppie who works for an MTV-like television station.

The film is frequently cited by reviewers as a Generation X parable.
!!Tropes included:
* BaitAndSwitchComment:
-->'''Vickie:''' [Troy]'s weird, he's strange, he's sloppy, he's a total nightmare for women. ({{Beat}}) I can't believe I haven't slept with him yet.
* BettyAndVeronica: Troy and Michael, for Lelaina.
* BurgerFool: David Spade's OneSceneWonder.
--> "Miss Pierce, do you have any idea what it means to be a cashier at Wiener Schnitzel?"
* ButNotTooGay: Sammy's first boyfriend Lance is introduced to Lelaina, but not even shown onscreen because Lelaina is too concerned with where Troy is.
* TheCastShowOff: Ethan Hawke plays guitar and sings "I'm Nothin'".
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority
* DeadpanSnarker: Vickie.
* DudeNotIronic: Lelaina's inability to define irony cost her a job.
* InformedAttribute: Troy allegedly has a genius level IQ, but is unable to offer a remotely accurate definition of irony.
* LowestCommonDenominator: InUniverse, Michael's [[spoiler:edit of Lelaina's footage]].
* TheNineties: SO much.
* PetHomosexual: Sammy.
* ProductPlacement: This film has a ''lot'' of product placement and product references in the dialogue, including Gap, BMW, Diet Coca-Cola, Pringles, 7-Eleven (its Big Gulp drinks are seen throughout the film), Pizza Hut, Domino's Pizza, Evian, Camel Straight cigarettes, Snickers, UsefulNotes/McDonalds (Troy mentions a Quarter Pounder with Cheese as one of life's pleasures), Whole Foods Market, Continental Airlines, Cocoa Puffs, Infiniti (Nissan USA luxury automobile division), Ford Motor Company, and Minute Maid. The sheer number of products seen and mentioned in this film is kinda funny considering Lelaina's anti-consumerism speech at the beginning.
* ReallyGetsAround: Both Troy and Vickie.
* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Michael (rich suitor) and Troy (poor suitor).
* RomanticRunnerup: Michael's Creator/{{MTV}}ization of Lelaina's documentary does not go over well.
* TakeThat: To MTV and ''Series/TheRealWorld''.
* TheSlacker: Troy.
* StylisticSuck: The ShowWithinAShow at the end of the film, based loosely on the events the characters experienced in the movie.
* ThrowingOutTheScript: Lelaina pretends to do this -- actually, she's lost her notes and is just reciting platitudes.
* WrongGuyFirst