'Reality' Check: Slackers No More

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Ethan Hawke didn't fare so well as the embodiment of a slacker generation. Too much, you know, work. Let's see how the other stars of 1994's "Reality Bites" stack up in terms of listless disenfranchisement.

Janeane Garofalo: Has successfully maintained an air of disillusionment. She has become known as an outspoken liberal, even co-hosting an Air America radio show for two years. Showed up on the big screen most recently as the voice of a feminist chef in "Ratatouille."

Winona Ryder: She got her star on the Walk of Fame in 2000 and was nabbed for shoplifting at a Saks Fifth Avenue a year later. A near-total hiatus provided lots of downtime for the next five years, but she seems to be back in action, showing up last year in Richard Linklater's "A Scanner Darkly" and working on "Sex and Death 101," a new flick written and directed by "Heathers" screenwriter Daniel Waters.

Ben Stiller: Bit of a workaholic, really. One of the leading comic actors today, his films -- and there are more than 40 so far -- have grossed more than $1.35 billion. Rumor has it that "Little Fockers" will be out in 2008.

Steve Zahn: Probably best that we don't focus too much on "Daddy Day Care." But the work, and the laughs, have been steady. "Happy, Texas," "Riding in Cars With Boys," "Sahara." Zahn got serious for this year's "Rescue Dawn," which is fitting, as he's Dr. Zahn now, having received an honorary doctorate from Northern Kentucky University.

-- Ellen McCarthy

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