The story of eight old friends searching for something they lost, and finding that all they needed was each other.
Seven old college friends gather for a weekend reunion after the funeral of one of their own.
Seven old college friends gather for a weekend reunion after the funeral of one of their own.
is it really that easy for a karen to tell their husband to impregnate their bff who's also a karen???
I feel like my expectations were too high but this was disappointing. It wasn’t bad, it actually had some great entertainment value and fun performances but with what point? Seriously though all the actors in the cast are enough to keep you even somewhat engaged. I love the 80s feel with the music, color palette and clothing. I just feel like this movie was pointless and kinda forgettable. It didn’t really go anywhere and the movie needed an extra “oomph” to get to that great level. So overall it’s a fun time with an awesome cast and a great 80s feel, but lacks sufficient strong elements to make it a great movie. Too forgettable and doesn’t really go anywhere.
A movie ostensibly about a group of college friends getting together for a few days after the suicide of a common friend, The Big Chill is really about the upper middle class in the early years of Reaganism. A more vanilla subject is difficult to imagine and yet the movie intensely believes that the pseudo-problems of the central group are endlessly fascinating. In theory, the subject of middle class men and women feeling bad about their very first-world problems (mostly out of boredom) isn't an intrinsically worthless topic, but it becomes really hard to care when the characters lack any awareness of their privilege. Sadly, the movie itself is equally blind to the larger culture (except for the soundtrack, which is used to add color to an otherwise mediocre production but comes off disingenuous). Otherwise competently acted by a stellar ensemble including Jeff Goldblum, Glenn Close, and Kevin Kline.
"I feel like I got a great break on a used car." ~ Meg Jones
Idealistic Michigan University students of the late 1960s get back together in the early 1980s for a funeral after one of their old buddies, Alex, commits suicide. There's no note to help them understand why he decided to slit his wrists, and his (much younger) girlfriend Chloe (Meg Tilly) is clueless.
Hosting the "reunion" is close friend Harold Cooper (Kevin Kline), who is a very successful retailer, and his wife Sarah (Glenn Close), a former classmate who is now a medical doctor. Among the group members returning are divorced TV star Sam Weber (Tom Berenger), single People Magazine journalist Michael Gold (Jeff Goldblum), and Vietnam…
This is every weekend trip to Big Bear I've ever taken with my crew. Is Kevin Kline the King Kevin? Only Bacon would come close I think. One nice fun thing about both Kevin Bacon and Kevin Kline is that they've been married to their wives for forever.
A dumb thing I do is make a false equivocation of lengthy marriage to virtue, which of course monstrous people are married to the same person all the time! You don't know anything about these peoples lives really! And it has nothing to do with their work! Are Leo's movies any less good bc he hasn't been with a woman older than 25 more than 3 weeks probably not?? What does it matter. That said I hope Kevin + Kyra and Kevin + Phoebe are very happy. Three and a half stars!
The Big Chill offers a bittersweet look at how lives, dreams and aspirations change during the endless transition of time. It observes a group of tricenarians, who during their time studying at the University of Michigan became close companions, reuniting fifteen years later after one of their friends takes his own life, and after the burial service enter upon a reunion in South Carolina.
The Lawrence Kasdan and Barbara Benedek script allow each of the eight central characters in the narrative to take a moment of self-reflection while they are simultaneously grieving and probing the aspects of each other's lives. It extrudes warm overtones, although it's far from sentimentalised and declines to submit a rose-coloured picture of the characters, which…
say what u will about godard but at least weekend had the foresight to condemn all the boomer sellouts in the big chill to a cannibal holocaust.
by this point the film's rep has sunk to where pointing out why it's bad is like shooting fish in a barrel but it's still galling in a film with no black characters that there's a conversation where a lawyer says she left public defending because all her clients were (cw) scum of the earth rapists, another character asks who she thought she'd be defending, and a third says bobby and huey, ending there in the closest the film gets to evoking a lost radical past but signaling instead that no one involved…
𝑴𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒖𝒔 𝒂𝒃𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒂 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝒇𝒖𝒍𝒍 𝒐𝒇 𝒂𝒅𝒗𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒗𝒆𝒍 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒃𝒆𝒕𝒘𝒆𝒆𝒏 𝒑𝒖𝒃𝒆𝒓𝒕𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒔𝒕 𝒋𝒐𝒃. 𝑶𝒖𝒓 𝒅𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒎𝒔 𝒅𝒊𝒆𝒅 𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒅𝒂𝒓𝒌 𝒘𝒆𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒏𝒔𝒊𝒃𝒊𝒍𝒊𝒕𝒚. 𝑶𝒄𝒄𝒂𝒔𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒐𝒍𝒅 𝒖𝒓𝒈𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒇𝒂𝒄𝒆𝒔, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒆 𝒍𝒂𝒃𝒆𝒍 𝒊𝒕 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒏𝒂𝒎𝒆𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒖𝒈𝒈𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒑𝒔𝒚𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒍𝒐𝒈𝒊𝒄𝒂𝒍 𝒂𝒃𝒆𝒓𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔: 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒊𝒈 𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒍𝒍, 𝒂 𝒎𝒊𝒅𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝒄𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒔.
The Big Chill is a 1983 American comedy-drama film directed by Lawrence Kasdan, starring Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and JoBeth Williams. The plot focuses on a group of close knit friends who attended the University of Michigan, reuniting after 15 years when their friend Alex dies by suicide
Filmed in South Carolina, ‘The Big Chill’ is a slice…
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Before when I used to hear the name Lawrence Kasdan, my mind seems to automatically draw up Star Wars or Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now when I think of Lawrence Kasdan, I see The Big Chill.
The Big Chill's plot is quite simple. It's about a couple of college friends reunited unfortunately due to a recent loss of a member within the group. This is a kind of film that doesn't seem give the audience a resolution they would be expecting, and this is maybe due to the story lacking in any newly elevated complications. Instead, the issues are things that have already happened, and the characters are…
Criterion Collection Spine #720
A group of old friends coming back together after along time apart can be icy, especially if the reason for their reunion is the death of one of their own
"So how's your life? ... Oh, great. How's yours" ... Not so great ... Ohhh, we're telling the truth."
A great cast and an amazing soundtrack are what make this down to earth character drama leave a lasting impression. The Big Chill reminded me a lot of other Oscar winning character dramas from the early 80s like 'Terms of Endearment' and 'Ordinary People'.
"I'm the one who found him ... Oh God. It must have been awful ... It was, it was a real mess ...…
For approximately 55 minutes, The Big Chill was a pleasant surprise. Dark humor! A dash of Goldblum! Consistently inappropriate Meg Tilly!
And then it happened. The King of the Kringe Scenes. The white people in the kitchen awkwardly dancing to Motown montage. At least seven close-ups of white butts switching and swaying to “Wait Till the Midnight Hour.” Kevin Kline doing the hop with a fake guitar thing during a song that in no way features the guitar in a fashion where the guitarist would be doing the hop with the guitar thing.
The question to end all questions is: did The Big Chill birth the dancing awkwardly around an island in the kitchen to mediocre music montage trend? If it didn’t invent it, it perfected it....And by perfected it, I mean Mary Kay Place just thrust the side of her butt into the side of William Hurt’s butt. Kill me now.
The performances and dialogue are pretty great, but I didn’t feel like there were any real resolutions. It more just sort of ended and left me with a “that’s it?” feeling.
Great ensemble and terrific music throughout. The dialogue is sharp, but the plot is a little light. Kevin Kline’s southern accent is atrocious.
Weird to think I grew up listening to this soundtrack but never saw the movie until now. Makes me wistful for those weekend potlucks my friends and I would hold.
i really liked it up until.... ya know?? yeah wtf was that all about
The Big Chill takes place in an alternate universe where music died in 1969. On crisp autumn evenings at their southern plantations, white folk bolt their doors and embrace their Temptations records like fresh lovers and no one really thinks twice about it. One of them, Michael, seems to remember something, though surely he must be joking or just plain crazy. He cryptically mutters ‘ya know a lot of great music has been made in the past ten years’ but the others fall silent and turn to fix their attentions on something else, anything.
Unwittingly, Michael came closest to touching upon the meaning behind their dear friend Alex’s tragic suicide. See, all throughout the 70s Alex was haunted by the…
Kick ass soundtrack to a lovely film of friendship
“Time heals all wounds,” they say. But what if time itself is that which only make our wounds grow more?
One’s goals in life can and should change over time. One’s values, on the other hand... To let those change is to lose one’s very identity and sense of self.
A film that manifests the Decade of Greed into a bunch of boomer friends-turned-money-hungry-capitalists, brought together by the loss of one of their own, now asked to reflect on the existential reclusiveness posed by their past choices and regrets. It’s also a comedy—one whose biggest punchline comes after it’s ended. That is, when you realize its entire runtime has been gaslighting you into believing the main characters are actually decent people (see: sell-outs), and given all that, you still kind of want them to succeed 😳
As someone in his early thirties, I can probably consider myself part of the age group that The Big Chill is trying to relate to. I can no longer consider myself to be young, but I have yet to fully settle into adulthood. For that reason, I can say that I liked the film.
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I put this on to do some work while I watched it, and I didn’t get very far with what I was supposed to get done.
God, I love this movie. Such a beautiful portrayal of friendship. Glenn Close crying at dinner talking about how much she loves them all is a really big mood.
But also, how is this just their summer house?? How much money do they have?!
“We’re not leaving, we’re never leaving”
some of the most appalling needle drops i’ve ever seen.
my father Bill Hurt is incredible as James Spader in Sex, Lies and Videotape
The Criterion Challenge 2021
Week 16/52 - 1980s
Feel free to groan and sigh, (but I liked the remake About Alex better). I’m sorry! I know it’s sacrilegious, but I saw AA first. With actors more my age. The stakes were different. The vibe was slightly more relatable. I’m young. Aubrey Plaza. Schmitt from New Girl. Sue me.
Like many criterion watches this year, while I might not feel !!! by the end, I can still appreciate them as historic, as landmarks, as game changers. And that’s why they’re in the collection! And that’s why I’m doing the challenge. Props to the soundtrack, which has seemingly been the inspiration for the last 20 years of tv commercial music selections.
Still a good time. I still wanna spend a weekend at a lake house with friends. Need house. And friends. Until then… I’m 2 weeks behind on the challenge ✌️
I loved this. Just a really heartwarming movie. One day i hope to have a group of friends so close that my wife will ask me to fill her best friend. Until that day, I have this movie to watch.
They say the 20s are the best years of your life. I certainly hope that isn’t true. But at the same time, 20s here i come babayyyyyy
Update: found a cumtown bit based off this movie so that’s always a plus
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