Empire Records (1995)

Plot: Joe is running Empire Records, a record store, he has several music-loving teens as employees. One of the youthful employees hears that the store might be sold to a big chain so he decides to gamble all the money the store has in the hopes he can at least double it however, that doesn’t go to plan and he loses all the money. With the store now in more danger than ever, the staff must think of something to save it from being sold.

Director: Allan Moyle

Starring: Liv Tyler, Renée Zellweger, Robin Tunney, Ethan Embry, Johnny Whitworth, Rory Cochrane, Anthony LaPaglia, Maxwell Caulfield, Debi Mazar, Coyote Shivers, Tobey Maguire.


I was surprised to see so many familiar faces in this film, I recognised just about everyone. I think it’s one of the most enjoyable movies of the 90s and a lot of enjoyable movies came out in the 90s so that’s saying something. It’s easy going and entertaining so it’s perfect for a cosy night in. It will warm your heart.

I think it really captures how much music means to young people in particular and that’s extremely relatable. It still saddens me that music stores and video stores aren’t really a thing anymore. Everything is online and it just feels like no one really comes together for the things they love anymore. The film was really nostalgic and will probably have you reminiscing.

It’s got a decent running time of one hour 46 minutes so it’s not too long and dragged out. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to watch which is a good thing if you’re looking for something easy going. I thought it was a fantastic coming of age film.


One thought on “Empire Records (1995)

  1. Cinespiria says:

    I’ve always loved this movie. Maybe that’s because I worked in a record store around the same time. But the social banter wasn’t too dissimilar from real life in a record store in small town America back in the ’90s.

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