Saturday, April 3, 2010

The Big Chill

Michael (looking at the funeral buffet): Amazing tradition. They throw a great party for you on the one day they know you can’t come.

The Big Chill is known more for its depiction of human drama than for what it shows of food. In brief, seven college friends gather for a weekend to attend the funeral of one of their pals and fill one another in on what has happened in their lives during the fifteen or so years since graduation. Over the several days they are together, they consume one another’s stories and digest what each of them has done with their 60s idealism, but they also feast on turkey, spaghetti, salad, soup, bread and biscuits, apple pie, eggs, pancakes, and Chinese takeout. As filmmakers well know, sharing a meal is part of the bonding process, and reconnecting with old friends can trigger quite an appetite.

Released 1983
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan
Written by Lawrence Kasdan and Barbara Benedek
Starring Tom Berenger as Sam Weber, Glenn Close as Sarah Cooper, Jeff Goldblum as Michael Gold, William Hurt as Nick Carlton, Kevin Kline as Harold Cooper, Mary Kay Place as Meg Jones, Meg Tilly as Chloe, and Jobeth Williams as Karen Bowens
Awards: 1983 Toronto International Film Festival People’s Choice Award; 1984 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen

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