in about 100 words or less
USA 105m Colour
Director: Lawrence Kasdan; Cast: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, JoBeth Williams
The Big Chill offers a nostalgic view of the 1970s though the stories of an ensemble cast who reflect back over their lives while they mourn the death of one of their friends. This unlikely “Hollywood” plot is an interesting vehicle for a group of pretension characters who come to realize that they hadn’t lived up to their youthful ideals and who now must come to terms with their lives in a less than ideal world as middle-aged adults. Great performances, good music, and an explicitly ambiguous ending are keys to the success of this risk-taking film (Klaus Ming February 2010).