The Big Chill.

In “The Big Chill” (1983), a funeral causes college friends to meet up again in their 30s. They try to answer questions about who they used to be and who they are now. Nothing is resolved, but the dialogue is brilliant. So is the soundtrack, which is an amazing collection of Motown hits and other tracks (like “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones).

Even though “The Big Chill” is about my parents’ generation, the characters (the failed writer, the lawyer with her biological clock, the confused TV star, the sell-out journalist) are like people I knew in high school or college.

The messages of my youth haven’t added up to anything either. And I’m trying to answer the same questions raised by “The Big Chill”. Who were we then, and who are we now?

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My generation danced while we looked at our shoes. And we don’t seem to have this:

Where is my Big Chill?


Happy Frog and I said...

I had forgotten how much I love the Big Chill which I haven't seen since 1996. I shall have to track it down and watch it again, it has been too long!

Casey Freeland said...

I love this movie so much. It's the perfect Sunday afternoon snuggle flick for me and my love. Every generation has its beauty, including yours, ours. Hey, did you know that Kevin Bacon played the dead guy. But they cut all of his scenes where he would have been shown.

Cheers and Chill,


From AA to NZ said...

I have always loved that song. Must watch the movie again. BTW I heard it through the grapevine that your parents' generation had some mighty fine music.

FYI: we are never who we used to be.

Happy Frog and I said...

Sorry to disagree Spencer L Casey, but it was definitely Kevin Costner rather than Kevin Bacon. There is one scene left in the movie which has Mr. Costner in it and that is the one where he is being dressed at the beginning of the film.

Casey Freeland said...

Darn it. That's who I meant. Duh. Getting dumber by the moment.

Lola Sharp said...

Man, I haven't seen that movie in a long, long time.

I'm gonna have to have the Tivo search and record it.