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Ben Stiller: From Slapstick to Satire

Posted January 22, 2010 to photo album "Ben Stiller: From Slapstick to Satire"

For Ben Stiller, Greenberg is only the last in a parade of remarkable characters. Click through his slide show.

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: Reality Bites (1994)
Slide 3: Flirting with Disaster (1996)
Slide 4: There's Something about Mary (1998)
Slide 5: Permanent Midnight (1998)
Slide 6: Mystery Men (1999)
Slide 7: Meet the Parents (2000)
Slide 8: Zoolander (2001)
Slide 9: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story  (2004)
Slide 10: Tropic Thunder (2008)
Slide 2: Reality Bites (1994)

Slide 2: Reality Bites (1994)

While Stiller had already established himself as comic writer and performer in television and film, he stepped into the role of feature film director with Reality Bites. Brought in by producer Michael Shamberg, Stiller worked closely with screenwriter Helen Childress to craft a comedy that captured the confusion and concerns of Gen-X adults. Grunge music, MTV, HIV, gay identity, and the video revolution all collide as the young filmmaker Lelaina (Winona Ryder) is caught between her affection for musician/slacker Troy (Ethan Hawke) and ambitious TV executive Michael (Ben Stiller). For Washington Post’s Desson Howe, “By aiming specifically -- and accurately -- at characters in their twenties, debuting screenwriter Helen Childress and first-time director Stiller (known for his erstwhile Fox comedy show) achieve something even greater: They encapsulate an era.”