Happy Birthday Singles

Bridget Fonda, Matt Dillon, and Chris Cornell

Bridget Fonda, Matt Dillon, and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell.

For the first 15 years of my life, I knew these things about Seattle:

1) Frasier

2) Nirvana

3) Coffee

4) The Space Needle

5) Singles

As odd as it sounds, I’ve never associated Sleepless in Seattle very closely with Seattle. But Singles

Singles I love dearly. The montage at the beginning (set to Paul Westerberg’s “Waiting for Somebody“) is my second favorite only to Manhattan‘s. In fact, I began appreciating it even more once I moved here.

The soundtrack rocks. Smashing Pumpkins, Jimi Hendrix, Mother Love Bone–it’s basically flawless. And not only does it rock, but it also has Heart. (That’s writer-director Cameron Crowe’s ex-wife’s band.)

You have no choice but to feel affection for every character that crosses the screen. Matt Dillon sports a glorious mane of early-90s rocker hair; Campbell Scott’s character is both sensitive and wants to build a “super train” to relieve gridlock on I-5. And Kyra Sedgwick stumbles through the highs and lows of romance wearing huge, beautiful wool sweaters. Also, excellent cameos reward the repeat viewer.

Speaking of cameos, Singles happens to serve as my go-to proof that 2012 Jeremy Piven must be wearing hair plugs.

To mark the film’s 20th anniversary, the Seattle PI blog put together a slideshow with little-known trivia. Button up your plaid, let your hair loose, and embark on this trip down memory lane.



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