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Set in Seattle in the grunge era of the early 1990s, Singles is a romantic comedy about a number of 20-somethings, many of whom live in the same apartment block, and their various relationships and entanglements.

There’s Janet (Bridget Fonda), a coffee stop Barista, who is in love with Cliff (Matt Dillon), lead singer of a grunge band which is far bigger in his mind than in reality. Then there’s Linda (Kyra Sedgwick), who meets Steve (Campbell Scott), who has just sworn off relationships to concentrate on his career.

This film is now a shocking 24 years old! However, it still feels totally watchable and the characters are completely relatable. Most viewers will be familiar with the different games people wittingly or unwittingly play when they meet someone new, and the heartache of discovering that someone is not who you thought they were. Linda for example tells her best friend how happy she is to have met someone who isn’t playing any kind of angle, at precisely the same time as Steve is asking his friends exactly how he should play things with Linda!

There’s more than comedy here though – a completely unexpected development in Steve and Linda’s relationship hits them hard, only for a sudden and unforeseeable event to happen while they are coming to terms with their situation (fear of giving away spoilers prevents me from giving more details).

The acting is great – Kyra Sedgwick and (in particular) Bridget Fonda are believable and likeable. Matt Dillon provides a fair amount of comedy as the deluded wannabe rock star, and Campbell Scott is perfectly cast as Steve – he strikes the perfect note between completely ‘normal’ for want of a better word, and being charismatic enough to attract Linda.

Overall, this is a little gem of a movie – perfect if you want something entertaining, relatable and undemanding.


Year of release: 1992

Director: Cameron Crowe

Writer: Cameron Crowe

Main cast: Matt Dillon, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, Bridget Fonda


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After watching this, I went and read some reviews on the internet, and it seems that most people love or hate this movie. I fall into the former category, because I really enjoyed it – it’s a very enjoyable way to pass an hour and a half.

Liv Tyler plays Jewel, a femme fatale, who becomes entangled in the lives of three men and ends up turning all of their worlds upside down, leading to chaos, confusion and mayhem. Matt Dillon is Randy, a loveable guy who is drifting through life quite happily until he meets Jewel. Paul Reiser is Randy’s rich, successful and obnoxious cousin, who thinks he himself is the best thing since sliced bread – until Jewel gets under his skin. John Goodman is a detective who becomes embroiled with these characters, and also ends up falling for Jewel.

The whole cast are excellent, and seem to be having fun with this movie.  Liv Tyler is brilliantly cast as the seductive Jewel, and John Goodman and Matt Dillon are both terrific.  However, credit must be given to Michael Douglas, who has a small role, but totally steals every scene he’s in.

The plot is cleverly laid out and the different strands are woven together well.

All in all, this is a fun movie, and worth a watch if you want something amusing and undemanding.

Year of release: 2001

Director: Harald Zwart

Writer: Stan Seidel

Main cast: Liv Tyler, Paul Reiser, Matt Dillon, John Goodman, Michael Douglas

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