Empire Records is 20!

On this day, twenty frickin' years ago, my favorite film debuted in 87 movie theaters across the country. Empire Records was a flop. The $10 million dollar movie got terrible reviews and only made $300,000 in two weeks, after which it was pulled and never to be thought of again. 

I never actually saw it in the theater. I know I wanted to, but I'm guessing I didn't get around to it before it's short run ended. About a year later I bought the VHS from Suncoast and picked up the soundtrack at Wherehouse Music and it became my life. I wanted to date AJ, have a cool best friend like Gina, wax poetic with Lucas, sing on the roof with Berko, eat Eddie's brownies, comfort Deb, dance with Mark, and throw myself at Rex. Well, not really the thing with Rex. This movie almost made me want to get a job. (I was lame and didn't work until after I graduated.) I loved the movie so much and made all my friends watch it with me, though no one really got it like I did, besides my sister. When I met my BFF a few years later and found out he loved it too, I knew we were meant to be friends. I'd also show it to guys I was dating to sort of test the waters. I mean, they couldn't hate my movie. We'd never work out! To be honest, the movie is a mess. It's edited weird, the story lines are all over the place, and it's predictable and cheesy, but I don't care one bit. It'll always be my favorite. Damn the man, save the Empire!

"I don't feel I need to explain my art to you, Warren."
Johnny Whitworth (AJ)

"We're both screwed. At least you're used to it."
Robin Tunney (Deb)

"My dad always said that there's 24 usable hours in every day."
Liv Tyler (Corey)

"Could you please not sing, Mark?"
Anthony LaPaglia (Joe)

"Who knows where thoughts come from? They just appear."
Rory Cochrane (Lucas)

"I just want you to stay, that's all."
Coyote Shivers (Berko)

"Oh, it's not them, it's Rex. You know, I don't even like his music."
Debi Mazar (Jane)

"We mustn't dwell. No, not today. We can't. Not on Rex Manning day!"
Ethan Embry (Mark)

"What? No applause?"
Maxwell Caulfield (Rex Manning)

"Stop calling me Warren. My name isn't fucking Warren!"
Brendan Sexton (Warren)

"You're turning us into a Music Town?"
Kimo Wills (Eddie)

"Well Sinead O'Rebellion. Shock me, shock me, shock me with that deviant behavior."
Renee Zellweger (Gina)

I've gone on and on for years about how much I love this movie.
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Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

You know my co-workers and I quote this movie regularly. I adore this movie!!! I wanted to be with Lucas, oddly AJ always got under my skin and I often wanted to punch Corey in the face (A for being so stupid and not realizing AJ's potential and B because she whines a lot)... I'm clearly more in line with Sinead-o-rebellion aka Deb than anyone in the movie :)

I can't truly pick a favorite character that's when I know I truly love a cast.

This movie to me is right up there with Dazed and Confused (another Rory love film) I could watch them both a million times over and NEVER get sick of either of them.

Every time I hear the Gin Blossoms I think of this film. Damn I miss them!

Kimberlee VDW said...

WOW that makes me feel old... oy

When I go back and watch some of my "beloved" movies they are all terrible lol but guess that's why we love them. The outfits, the slang and soundtrack captures the decade perfectly. Now I need to rewatch and dance like I'm Liv Tyler!

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I've only seen it once or twice. I really need to watch it again. Ha!

Ever Emma said...

Soooo I have never seen this movie. I guess I should probably change that!

Karen Peterson said...

Chris has never seen it. Maybe I should make him watch it today!

AiringMyLaundry said...

I've never seen it. I might have to check it out one day.

Cole said...

What's with today, today?! Seriously one of my favorite Empire Records quotes. I think I need to watch the movie tonight!

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Oh the memories