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Year
1983
Runtime
105 min.
Director
Lawrence Kasdan
Genres
Drama, Comedy
Rating *
7.2
Votes *
22,214
Checks
5,664
Favs
236
Dislikes
65
Favs/checks
4.2% (1:24)
Favs/dislikes
4:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Old college friends come together for the funeral of our of their own in the wake of his inexplicable suicide in The Big Chill, which may be the standard for "old friends getting together" movies, but I'd somehow never seen it. It's hard to divorce from the era it was made in, and for which it is nostalgic for, but your own nostalgia can certainly be transposed. It's just that the characters' present is so 80s - corporatization, making money, Magnum P.I., fear of v.d. - and the past they actively relive late 60s-early 70s - drug use, sex between friends, college talk, the movie's catchy soundtrack - really do speak to the death of a specific era, for which "Alex" is merely a stand-in. Beyond the subtext, we get a smart, realistic character study that doesn't feel the need to explain everything, merely infers what has gone before with the familiarity of old friends. 6 years 2 months ago
  2. criscoJovan's avatar

    criscoJovan

    This shouldn't be irrelevant. Though I could be wrong. Who knows? Maybe it's the people and the setting? But if you have or ever had a close group of friends, it might give you a good case of nostalgia. There surely aren't enough films about friendships or memories of friendships or reuniting.

    Also, what a terrific soundtrack!
    10 years 8 months ago
  3. Forzelius's avatar

    Forzelius

    Damn that was good. A nice mixture between movies like "Indian Summer" and "August, Osage County". Nothing too flashy, just a group of people reconnecting without anything really developing. Makes it very real. Oh, and the soundtrack was kickass. 4 years 8 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #6 in TIFF - People's Choice Award
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  2. This movie ranks #94 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  3. This movie ranks #339 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
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  4. This movie ranks #705 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  5. This movie ranks #726 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  6. This movie ranks #803 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office
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  7. This movie ranks #849 in The Criterion Collection
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