Rolling Stone - 10/01/1992
"...A sweetly exuberant romantic comedy..."
Sight and Sound - 02/01/1993
"...Crowe and his personable cast make their vulnerability vivid and engaging....[The] film has a relaxed, rambling structure and the hip, ironic tone to complement Seattle' boho atmosphere..."
New York Times - 09/18/1992
"...Buoyant, utterly charming....Hip, humorous, vastly likable characters..."
Los Angeles Times - 09/18/1992
"...SINGLES is singularly sweet. It's a companionable movie about companionship....Crowe's affection for his actors is part of the package too, and they respond with the kind of winning ensemble work that turns every scene into a spirited jamboree..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/18/1992
"...It's easy to like these characters, and care about them..."
The Seattle music scene is the backdrop for this tale of single twentysomethings trying to find themselves and each other in the 1990s. Linda (Kyra Sedgwick) and Steve (Campbell Scott) meet in a club and begin to play the dating game. Janet (Bridget Fonda) has a thing for Cliff (Matt Dillon), who barely acknowledges her existence. Cameron Crowe's (SAY ANYTHING, JERRY MAGUIRE) script tackles the ups and downs of romance with humor and honesty. Highlights include live performances by Alice in Chains and Soundgarden, as well as cameos by the members of Pearl Jam.
The Seattle music scene is the ideal backdrop for Cameron Crowe's (SAY ANYTHING, JERRY MAGUIRE) chronicle of the lives of single twentysomethings in the 1990s. Linda (Kyra Sedgwick) and Steve (Campbell Scott) are both tired of the singles scene and meeting the wrong people. Just when they are each ready to give up and give in to being alone, they meet each other and begin the delicate process of dating. Steve's apartment complex is also home to his ex-girlfriend, Janet (Bridget Fonda), and Cliff (Matt Dillon), the lead singer of a rock band. Janet imagines that Cliff is her boyfriend while Cliff considers her one of a few casual acquaintances. Debbie (Sheila Kelley), who also lives in the complex, resorts to video dating in her attempt to meet men with humorous but disastrous results. Crowe's script captures the nuances of relationships and romance (as he did with teen love in 1989's SAY ANYTHING) and follows the rocky roads that relationships can take. Music is the other main character here, with live performances from Alice in Chains and Soundgarden, cameos by the members of Pearl Jam, and a soundtrack that also includes titles by Paul Westerberg and Mudhoney.
Coming Of Age |
Rock Musicians |
Theatrical release date: September 1992.
Cameron Crowe is married to Nancy Wilson, of the rock group Heart.
Cameron Crowe says of SINGLES: "It's about the lengths people go to to make a connection with another person, the good advice and bad advice they get along the way."
Writer-director-producer James L. Brooks, Cameron Crowe's mentor and the executive producer of his directorial debut, SAY ANYTHING (1989), says of him: "There are only a handful of people who have a distinctive voice. Cameron has that voice. He really does see the world in a certain way. If he doesn't do a movie, no one else will."
There are several cameos in the film, including appearances by members of Pearl Jam (who play Matt Dillon's bandmates in the fictional group Citizen Dick) before they achieved MTV superstardom. Other cameos include: live performances by Soundgarden and Alice in Chains; Cameron Crowe as a rock journalist interviewing the band; director Tim Burton as an aspiring filmmaker who works for a video-dating service; Pat DiNizio, lead singer of the Smithereens; and basketball star Xavier McDaniel as himself.
Citizen Dick (Matt Dillon and the members of Pearl Jam) performs the song "Touch Me I'm Dick," which is really just the Mudhoney song "Touch Me I'm Sick" with a few lyrical alterations.
Paul Westerberg, who wrote and performed the theme song "Dyslexic Heart" for the film's soundtrack, was formerly a member of the seminal rock band the Replacements. That group disbanded in 1990; the SINGLES soundtrack is Westerberg's first solo project.
"Don't do this to me; don't make me remember this chili dog forever!"--Linda Powell (Kyra Sedgwick) to Steve Dunne (Campbell Scott) after he proposes marriage to her over lunch.
"I'm tired of all the games."--Linda Powell (Kyra Sedgwick), regarding relationships.
"Being alone--there's a certain dignity to it."--Janet Livermore (Bridget Fonda)
"Does everyone go through this'" "No I think just us..."--exchange between Cliff Poncier (Matt Dillon) and Janet Livermore (Bridget Fonda)