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)
Robin Tunney (Deb)
Liv Tyler (Corey)
Anthony LaPaglia (Joe)
Rory Cochrane (Lucas)
Coyote Shivers (Berko)
"We mustn't dwell. No, not today. We can't. Not on Rex Manning day!"
Ethan Embry (Mark)
Maxwell Caulfield (Rex Manning)
Brendan Sexton (Warren)
Kimo Wills (Eddie)
Renee Zellweger (Gina)
I've gone on and on for years about how much I love this movie.
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