Parents' Guide to

The Big Chill

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

College-reunion film with mature themes may bore teens.

Movie R 1983 105 minutes
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THE BIG CHILL is a loving, bittersweet look at how lives change during the transition from young adulthood to middle age. As such, it's unlikely to hold the interest of teens more focused on great expectations. The cast is outstanding, all quietly bringing tremendous depth to the subtlest moments. Adults will relate, but teens will find little in common with the characters in a movie that almost entirely consists of watching them talk to each other over the course of a weekend reunion. Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote and directed, deftly balances and weaves the intertwining stories and gives us a loving, but not rose-colored, look at how surprising it is to realize you're a grown-up.

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