Vanity Fair’s March issue features a story about Baltimore’s classic 1982 film, “Diner” and its impact on pop culture.
Entitled, “Much Ado About Nothing,” writer S.L. Price asserts that the Barry Levinson movie introduced the concept of talking about, well, nothing, a style popularized on Seinfeld eight years later and also seen in Pulp Fiction, The Office and in anything by Judd Apatow.
“In Diner…Levinson took the stuff that usually fills time between the car chase, the fiery kiss, the dramatic reveal—the seemingly meaningless banter (“Who do you make out to, Sinatra or Mathis?”) tossed about by men over drinks, behind the wheel, in front of a cooling plate of French fries—and made it central,” writes Price.
The film depicts a gang of 20-something pals in 1959 Baltimore as they struggle with adulthood.