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Twenty years ago, "Reality Bites" became a zeitgeist touchstone in spite of itself, chronicling the foibles of Generation X, the 1990s young adults who were suspicious of such pigeonholing notions as zeitgeist touchstones. Despite some very period-specific cultural and musical references, the romantic comedy-drama has remained fresh, since there will always be a cohort of recent college graduates wondering what to do with the rest of their lives.

The film also became Winona Ryder's signature movie, launched the directing career of Ben Stiller and the screen acting career of Steve Zahn, and gave major career boosts to Ethan Hawke and Janeane Garofalo. Two decades after its release (on February 19, 1994), some of its stars have done spectacularly well, while others have all but faded into obscurity. Here's what you'd learn from a 20-year reunion of college valedictorian Lelaina Pierce (Ryder) and her classmates.