The Big Chill
First screened in Spring 1998 / Most recently screened in July 2016
Director: Lawrence Kasdan. Cast: Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Mary Kay Place, Tom Berenger, William Hurt, JoBeth Williams, Jeff Goldblum, Meg Tilly. Screenplay: Lawrence Kasdan and Barbara Benedek.

Twitter Capsule: The swings among sincere and simulated emotions bugged me more when I was younger. I'm aging into this flawed film.

VOR:   If you're a California Raisin, or Denys Arcand, or thirtysomething, or millions of 80s adults, this is a touchstone. I'm not wild about it, but I grant its influence.

Photo © 1983 Columbia Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

(in Spring 1998: C–)

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Supporting Actress: Glenn Close
Best Original Screenplay: Lawrence Kasdan and Barbara Benedek

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Best Screenplay: Lawrence Kasdan and Barbara Benedek

Other Awards:
Toronto International Film Festival: People's Choice Award
Writers Guild of America: Best Original Screenplay (Comedy)

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