Singles (1992)

Cameron Crowe directs Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott and Kyra Sedgwick in this romantic comedy that follows an apartment block of twenty-somethings as they fall in and out of love in Seattle.

Sitting slightly underwhelmingly between the Five Star Classics Say Anything… and Jerry Maguire, Singles is a gentler, less focussed Cameron Crowe release. The witty dialogue is still in full effect and we all know Crowe can lurch unexpectedly into drama without ever getting too saccharine. The film is noteworthy now for its wider influence… allegedly Warner Brothers’ impetus to develop the sitcom Friends. That evergreen hit wouldn’t want to contest a paternity test in court with what is fathered here… but neither would novelist Nick Hornby if we are being brutally honest. While some elements do get lost in the busy shuffle Fonda finesses a couple of lovely moments, there is a keen snapshot of the Seattle grunge boom, a wonderful Paul Westerberg score and Matt Dillon’s first forays into broad comedy. While Dillon is aiming for a different sound than the more solid work by the leads, he steals every scene he is in as the self-obsessed Citizen Dick frontman.


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