Six Generation X angst-fests

If there was anything that Generation X was great at in the ’90s, it was being at the center of cinematic angst-fests. Here are six movies from the era that pumped out those negative vibes:

Clerks (1994)

From our review: “Clerks’ constant grey imagery didn’t strike me as required or symbolic, it just struck me as grey. Right away, I felt this took a lot of energy out of the movie — and when you have a movie that’s about depressed and pissed-off people, why would you do something to take even more energy AWAY?”

Reality Bites (1994)

From our review: “You can always tell a movie made by Gen Xers, can’t you? They all feature tragically hip, ironic people hanging around coffeehouses, smoking cigarettes and doing the exact opposite of whatever a character in an ’80s movie would do.”

Glory Daze (1995)

From our review: “Glory Daze is depressing in the angsty Gen X tradition of Reality Bites and Sleep With Me, yet it also has a great sense of humor and cheek that really makes this a grown-up version of that final scene in Animal House.”

The Doom Generation (1995)

From our review: “The Doom Generation is just flat out nasty, eye-rollingly boring and SO badly acted I actually kept getting up to go to the bathroom just because peeing was more engaging a phenomenon than sitting in front of this train wreck of a movie.”

Empire Records (1995)

From our review: “Empire Records can be a film that you might easily dismiss on a first viewing, but there’s a treasure trove of humor to be found upon repeats. All of the characters have their own little plot lines — and are always on the verge of strongly venting their emotions — and you just know that most of them will by solved by the day’s end.”

Mallrats (1995)

From our review: “Mallrats has snuggled itself up into the national consciousness as an essential cult flick. It’s pretty low day in the life of T.S. (Jeremy “Who?” London) and Brodie, two losers who elect to hang out at a mall all day.”

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