To get the unpleasant taste of Reality Bites out of my mouth, I watched Singles this past weekend. And although it is a far-superior film, I did notice one problem: why is the movie marketed so heavily as the story of Janet and Cliff when it's really the story of Steve and Linda?
The cover of the movie is a picture of Janet and Cliff sitting on a bench. The back of the movie only gives character names with actors' names in parentheses for Janet and Cliff. But the movie starts with a scene from Linda's life, then one from Steve's life. It spends much more time on the Steve/Linda relationship than the Janet/Cliff relationship, and the final vignette is entitled "What Took You So Long?" (from the Steve/Linda storyline), NOT "Bless You" (from the Janet/Cliff storyline).
I feel like the producers considered Bridget Fonda and Matt Dillon bigger draws than Campbell Scott and Kyra Sedgwick, so they misleadingly marketed the movie. Which I guess worked, since I remember 14-year-old me having a crush on Bridget Fonda but no strong feelings for either Campbell Scott or Kyra Sedgwick, and I saw this movie. Well played, producers of Singles.