Empire Records (1995)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1995.  Monarchy Enterprises B.V., New Regency Pictures, Regency Entertainment, Warner Bros..  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Silly shenanigans take place at a local record store on the day of a huge rock star’s planned visit. The employees of the joint have their own personal problems to work out while trying not to be too impressed by the appearance of the celebrity () who is coming to autograph copies of his latest hit record. The rug is pulled out from under the youngsters even more when they later find out that their workplace is about to be taken over by a giant record chain since the owner () can no longer afford to keep the place running. Featuring early performances by Renee Zellweger as a low self-esteem starfucker and  as a lisping ingenue, this film never really comes to life except when is onscreen as yet another troubled youth whose job is her only escape from her problems. Teenagers in the mood for an easy Saturday night movie might enjoy it.


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