The Big Chill Movie Review Summary

Actors: William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Berenger, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, JoBeth Williams

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In the early 1980s, seven college friends reunite 15 years out of school for the funeral of Alex, one of their classmates who was the most alive and intelligent of the bunch yet never amounted to as much as the others. They include Nick (Hurt), a Vietnam vet and former radio psychologist who is doing drugs and at loose ends; hosts Harold (Kline) and Sarah (Close), a successful businessman and doctor; Sam (Berenger), who stars in a "Magnum PI"-style TV show; Meg (Place), a single criminal defense lawyer who wants to have a baby and is trying to decide which of her old friends might be suitable for the job (as well as willing); Michael (Goldblum) who writes for "People" magazine and wants to open a club; and Karen (Williams), whose marriage is under strain. While they mourn Alex and reacquaint themselves with one another, they wonder what happened to their ideals and where they will go from here. Also on hand is Alex's odd and carefree young girlfriend, Chloe (Tilly). Co-writer and director Lawrence Kasdan lifted his story from John Sayles's "The Return of the Secaucus Seven," but his yuppie-ish anthem to the 1960s went over big in 1983 with the Boomers, not least due to a rousing soundtrack of '60s singles, from "Natural Woman" to "You Can't Always Get What You Want."
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Woman/class/friends story?    -   story of group of friends

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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