YMMV / Reality Bites

  • Designated Hero:
    • The main characters are essentially whiny brats who complain about having privileged lives and have no qualms about hurting the people that care about them just because they're "above it all".
    • Troy especially, who can be condescending, seems to love how clever he seems and is almost proto-hipster like in his dislike for The Man, yet the film seems to want the audience to root for him to get together with Lelaina, not Micheal, a perfectly nice and even Adorkable guy because...He is a yuppie? He has a good job?
  • Designated Villain: Although he's supposed to be the film's "bad guy", many viewers consider Michael to be the most sympathetic character in the movie.
  • Ear Worm: "Stay" by Lisa Loeb, which was popularized by this movie.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Michael for one as a sympathetic character. Then there is Sammy and Vicki for having more pleasant personalities and more interesting conflicts.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: This film was held up as a near-perfect snapshot of 90s youth culture and angst. This wound up working against the film as time marched on, as some of the subjects the film addressed (such as Sammy's gayngst and Vickie's AIDS scare) have become old hat. Moreover, as pointed out below on Values Dissonance, the characters' hipster-esque railings against middle-class normality and complaining about having no challenges to face comes across as downright laughable, if not incredibly insulting, after The War on Terror and the Great Recession came by. In short, Reality Bites is a film that hasn't aged well due to being a product of a time that didn't really have any "real" problems in hindsight (at least when compared to the 2000s and 2010s).
  • Values Dissonance: As explained by The Nostalgia Chick, the main characters complaining about their middle-class suburbanite lives comes off as pretty insulting to anyone living through the Great Recession of 2008.