The Big Chill

(Lawrence Kasdan, USA, 1983)


This much-indulged film covers some grand subjects – the meaning of life and death, the end of 1960s idealism, personal relationships in the '80s – but its treatment of them is neither very big nor very chilling.

Writer-director Lawrence Kasdan (Grand Canyon [1991]) makes a creed out of glossy, glib superficiality: his characters touch base with their deepest feelings and then glide smoothly away.

The Big Chill is, nonetheless, a fascinating document of modern manners – for good and for ill – with excellent performances from an ensemble cast including Glenn Close and Jeff Goldblum.

MORE Kasdan: French Kiss, I Love You to Death, Silverado

© Adrian Martin November 1992

Film Critic: Adrian Martin
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