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781 Ratings

The Big Chill

Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
United States, 1983


A group of seven former college friends gather for a weekend reunion at a posh South Carolina winter house after the funeral of one of their friends.

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The Big Chill Directed by Lawrence Kasdan

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1984 | 3 nominations including: Best Picture

Toronto International Film Festival

1983 | Winner: People's Choice Award

National Board of Review

1983 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1985 | Nominee: Best Screenplay - Original

Dave Kehr, who reviewed “The Big Chill” in Chicago Reader, called it “a slickly engineered complacency machine.” The word “machine” is apt… The ensemble had a sitcom slickness.
September 26, 2014
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Kasdan relies primarily on the music to fill the void, which makes some sequences, like a touch football game set to “Gimme Some Lovin’,” come across as merely cute, especially compared to Sayles’ more caustic reunion. Or maybe “cozy” is the right word, in keeping with the soundtrack’s parade of hits and the warm bubble of nostalgia they create. Can “MMMBop” serve that function today?
July 30, 2014
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Unfortunately, Kasdan and Benedek are beholden to nostalgia, churning out characters whose dulled sense of both self and irony is surpassed only by the pandering and indulgent soundtrack, which functions like a mixtape of the most fetishized order. Kasdan attempts to guise this decidedly commercial choice through the proclivities of his characters, but the wager is wafer thin.
July 27, 2014
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