3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Definitely entertaining but nowhere nearly as good as I was lead to believe it would be. A strong start that coasted its way through the middle then just kind of passed out snoring in a rocking chair for the incredibly abrupt end. The performances were great (namely a creeper Goldblum and I've never liked William Hurt so much) and soundtrack were worth the watch but that's about it.
One of the ''I want to live out this'' movies that makes your afternoon pink. Too bad the relations between characters are not well developed, and the music score is obviously patching these shortcomings (as it's the case in many 1980s feel-good movies). Also feels like Jeff Goldblum is the only actor here with charisma.
Despite a somewhat disappointing ending, there's some fine writing and acting in here. I believe this really does justice to the potential of character development in America cinema. It would be hard to have a script like this produced with same panache these days.
When I was around 10 years old, I chose this soundtrack out of my dad's record collection to listen to and it made a huge impression on me. Why I just now got around to watching it is a mystery, but it's an excellent character-driven film, and Jeff Goldblum is a delight, as always.
There are a lot of current filmmakers who claim darker influences, like Harold & Maude or the Graduate, when they're actually just remaking The Big Chill over and over. This the template for modern, dry indie movies and pretty much anything with a mumblecore atmosphere.