Rex Manning Day: 5 Reasons To Watch Empire Records (1995)

Rex Manning Day: 5 Reasons To Watch Empire Records (1995)

Phil’s Quick Review takes a look at a film that you may not have seen first time around and lets you know, in 5 concise reasons, WHY it deserves your time!


The Plot: Empire Records is a 1995 American coming of age film that follows a group of record store employees over the course of one exceptional day. The employees try to stop the store from being sold to a large chain, and learn about each other along the way.


#1: Introducing…
…Liv Tyler, Robin Tunney, Renee Zellweger, Rory Cochrane, Johnny Whitworth (okay so I’m struggling a LITTLE bit at this point), Debi Mazar.  Okay maybe not all their first roles but certainly the one that broke big a lot of future stars.  Add a few veterans like LaPaglia & Caulfield and you have a grade A awesome cast, all in top form.


#2: Soundtrack
Empire Records lives on in my iPhone almost daily.  From American rock to Edwin Star, from GWAR (thankfully not on the OST release) to The Cranberries… the soundtrack just captured a time and a film almost perfectly.


#3: It’s Cool
I was 20 when I first saw this film.  I wanted give up University and go and work in a record shop.  I wanted to be AJ. I want dot have friends like those in Empire.  I wanted to get Liv Tyler’s heart and then perform on the roof top of my record shop. And if a film can make you want to do THAT it must be pretty special, right?


#4: We Love an Underdog…
Much like we do for the characters in Empire Records, we tend to find ourselves routing for the underdogs in real life. So whilst Empire Records film flopped on it’s cinematic release, making just quarter of a million dollars its two-week theatrical run, it quickly became a cult classic.  It just shows box office doesn’t mean everything…


#5: Rex Manning Day
Seriously Rex Manning day is now a thing.  8th April every year. Really.  #rexmanningday


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