Hype! (1996)

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By Scott Goldfine

This documentary examines the initial rumblings, grassroots buildup, global explosion and ultimate overexposure of Seattle’s grunge rock scene of the 1980s and 1990s. With a bevy of live music and interview clips, “Hype!” captures the bemused disillusionment of ordinary folks caught up in a media whirlwind.

The film wisely spends as much time on unfamiliar acts as on megabands like Pearl Jam. Unrated.

GRADE: A-

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