The Big Chill (1983) (mini-review++)

big-chill-watching-recommendation-videoSixteenByNineJumbo1600-v6.jpg(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 7

directing 6

effects 6

editing 6

writing 7


3 out of 5 🐙


I don’t think this film has aged well. And it wasn’t a joyous cacophony when it was fresh. I mean, it’s in the title, people. The Big CHILL. A bunch of people getting together reminiscing about when they were young and invincible while at the funeral of one of their contemporaries is a dismal walk down memory lane. I finish with this exchange in High Fidelity (which sums up my feelings):

Okay, whatever. Tell Laura I Love Her. That would bring the house down – Laura’s Mom could sing it. You know what I’d want? One Step Beyond by Madness. And, uh, You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

No. Immediate disqualification because of its involvement with The Big Chill.

Oh God. You’re right!







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)


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