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The Big Chill
on January 30, 2016
For some reason, my wife decided that we needed to watch The Big Chill the other night - maybe some one told her that they had seen it and liked it. I had seen it years ago but had forgotten a lot about it.
The first thing to note is that if you are a Baby Boomer, this movie was made for you. If you want to know about Baby Boomers (or at least the stereotype before we got old enough to qualify for Social Security), then this does a fairly decent job.
Second, the best thing about the movie is the music. A bunch of Motown hits from the period that will have you dancing and singing along. My wife bought me a used LP of the sound track, and even my 12 year old granddaughter loves it. Definitely the best part.
Third, the movie itself is rather mediocre. A group of boomers who were friends at college have a reunion a decade or so later to attend the funeral of one of them that has committed suicide. They are older and wiser (sorta), and have regrets about the way their lives have turned out. Boy do they have regrets. Apparently they were all revolutionaries in college that planned to change the world. In the meantime various members have gotten married, divorced, had kids, gotten successful, gotten famous, burned out and cynical, and so on. None of their lives turned out the way they had thought they would, although most of them are doing fine.
My recommendation - get the sound track rather than watch to movie.