Listen to the Movie: Singles
Run Time: 99 min.
December 7, 2022 at 7pm
Starring: Bridget Fonda, Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, Matt Dillon, Sheila Kelley
Director: Cameron Crowe
Screenplay: Cameron Crowe
A great movie soundtrack can make all the difference. In this series, Rob Cavenagh guides you through the music that makes movies memorable. Rob, a Bedford resident since 2000, is a lifelong music fan, record collector, musician and self-described soundtrack nerd. An ad agency guy by profession, he spent his college years working in a record store and then making music videos (back when that was a thing) for Atlantic Records in the 1990s. When not on his bike, you can usually find him playing locally with his band Ask Your Mom.
Set amidst the burgeoning Seattle alternative music scene of the early 90s, Singles follows a group of twenty-somethings as they try to find love and come to terms with their passage into adulthood. Arranged as an episodic comedy, the film follows a group of friends who live in the same apartment building and hang out at the same coffee shop.
The central couple is Steve Dunne (Campbell Scott) and Linda Powell (Kyra Sedgwick), a pair who meet at an Alice In Chains concert and eventually fall in love. Singles follows the tumultuous relationship between Steve and Linda and their friendship with Janet Livermore (Bridget Fonda), who is trying to win the affection of grunge-rocker Cliff Poncier (Matt Dillon).
The film also has a number of cameos, including actors Eric Stoltz, Tom Skerritt, Peter Horton, director Tim Burton and the film’s author/director, Cameron Crowe. From the musical side of the fence, Singles features appearances by Sub Pop executive Bruce Pavitt, musicians Chris Cornell (Soundgarden), Pat DiNizio (Smithereens), Tad (Tad), and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, and Stone Gossard, who play Dillon’s backing band, Citizen Dick.
“Crowe’s movie is like a great record album: the songs connect, and the people connect, too.”– Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
“You can’t help getting into the spirit of it.”– John Hartl, Seattle Times