Technically, Publishing a Movie Review Twenty-Nine Years Later Is Procrastination At Its Finest…

Cover of "The Big Chill (15th Anniversary...

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Okay, for the first time in many years, my husband and I sat down on the couch determined to restart The Quest.  I really wanted to watch a western, but Mr. Lunchmeat insisted that the movie be made after 1980.  If you’re familiar with The List, that’s rather limiting, but we decided to watch “The Big Chill”.  My in-laws have always spoken highly of it, so my hubby actually wanted to see it.

This movie was AWESOME.  Admittedly, being in my thirties and a Michigan grad may make me slightly prejudiced toward a movie about a group of (Michigan) college friends reuniting due to a friend’s funeral.

It’s hard to make a movie that still feels relevant thirty years later, but this movie manages to be a perfect combination of comedy and drama.  The dialogue between the friends is pitch perfect.  The relationships are messy but feel genuine.  And their reactions to their friend’s suicide are both interesting and believable. One friend is crushed by his suicide, several are confused, and several are too broken themselves to allow it to carry any weight.  Most of the friends were no longer in touch, and all of them are wondering what happened to their youthful idealism.

The real triumph of this movie is watching the friends return to each other.  As someone who has a lot of close friends who live out-of-state, I’ve seen how this can go either way.  And it’s always amazing to see how true friendship can overcome both emotional and physical distance.

I’m not going to say anything else about this movie because if you haven’t seen it, you really should!

Your thoughts?

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9 Responses to Technically, Publishing a Movie Review Twenty-Nine Years Later Is Procrastination At Its Finest…

  1. paralaxvu says:

    Saw it when it first came out in ’83 and remember having liked it a lot (I was in my 30s then). Thanks for jogging my memory…I’m gonna see it again and see how I react this time…

    • I wasn’t expecting much (since I had tried watching it once during college and fallen asleep within ten minutes), but it was actually really great! The dialogue was really sharp while still feeling realistic. And there aren’t that many movies out there with really great dialogue because writing good dialogue is so much harder than it sounds, unless you’re Nora Ephron, of course.

  2. El Guapo says:

    Glad you liked it!
    I never saw it.

    Did you recognize Kevin Costner as the dead guy? I heard he had a bigger part, but they cut it.

    • I had read that too, but I didn’t recognize him. They never give you a face shot or even a full body shot. And surprisingly enough the group never breaks out old photos even though they reminisce a lot.

      It’s a great movie! I was surprised how well it’s held up. You should see it.

  3. clownonfire says:

    L&L,
    Kevin Costner’s finest hour.
    Le Clown

  4. jimmydevious says:

    It’s a solid flick. Not one of my all time favorites, not even close, but well-done and in no way could it ever be confused with Troll 2., even if one is on Vicodin ;) I do like to giggle at the out of date hair though (doesn’t Jeff Goldblum have a near gerry-curl/ “Jew ‘Fro” happening in this film? ;) ) But again the story’s well-told. I think it was an Altman movie if my memory serves. It’s been a LOOOONG time since I watched it, like ten years ago when I was still at the video store and I had nothing but time on my hands and free movie rentals to blow.

    Oh and Cotsner was supposed to be the corpse in this, but his scenes as a cold dead body were cut. Kinda ironic in a way. His career has come full circle. ;) lol

    • Oh, the hair is BAD. In fact, it’s bad the way eighties hair is bad. I’m not sure if it was Altman. I never worked in a video store although I should have. That would have saved me a LOT of late fees.

      I never thought about Kevin Costner’s career as coming full circle, although I’ve seen 90% of his movies. My grandma was a huge fan, and used to take me to all of them. (She rolls in her grave when people mock him, just so you know.)

  5. I remember watching this movie as a teenager several times when it came out on cable. Very powerful flick, even as a teen I remember being very moved by it.

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