Picks and Pans Review: Reality Bites

updated 03/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

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In a memorable scene from Reality Bites, the new Beverly Hills, 90210-meets-Singles comedy about post-college ambivalence, Winona Ryder tells a friend, "Melrose Place is a really good show." She sounds as if she has just realized some spiritual link between her slacker peers and the TV series' yuppie aspirants. Perhaps there is, but it's hard to imagine the sleekly coiffed, mainstream Melrose Place crowd grooving to the film's alterna-rock soundtrack.

Well, they might bob their heads to the Knack's remixed "My Sharona" or Squeeze's 1994 take on its signature tune, "Tempted," but Heather Locklear certainly wouldn't be caught dead cranking the sluggish grunge of Dinosaur Jr.'s "Turnip Farm" or Reality costar Ethan Hawke's nihilistic-rocker turn "I'm Nuthin" in her BMW tape deck.

Here in the real world, though, the sock-hat and nose-ring cull will kick up their Doc Martens to serviceable new tunes from incurable retro rockers Lenny Kravitz and World Party (sounding very much like David Bowie's "Young Americans") and highlights from the latest Juliana Hatfield 3 and Crowded House albums. (RCA)

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