At the Movies

I was going to feature a different movie today that was more directly related to Thanksgiving but as we cleaned up after our turkey dinner, it was clear that this had to be the one. My daughter put her play list into the stereo system and as I stood at the sink, all the kids cleared the table, grooving to the beat as they brought the dishes through. It immediately reminded me of that famous kitchen scene in The Big Chill.

I would imagine that most readers have seen this classic but if not, it should go to the top of your Netflix list! From 1983, this Lawrence Kasdan film defined a generation. With an all star cast and a fabulous sound track, this movie has broad appeal beyond just the baby boomers. For those who aren’t familiar with the plot, the film opens with seven friends from college, meeting at the funeral of a fellow University of Michigan alumni.

And although this isn’t a Thanksgiving movie per se, there is a famous deleted Thanksgiving scene that was originally set to close the film – a flashback from college featuring the now deceased friend, played by Kevin Costner, who we never see in the final film.

The movie alternates between laughter and tears as these old friends relive their idealistic pasts, trying to justify their present lives while recapturing lost dreams. One of my favorite actors, Kevin Kline plays host, with wife Glenn Close, to an eclectic crew including JoBeth Williams, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Tom Berenger, Mary Kay Place, Don Galloway and Meg Tilly as the space-cadet girlfriend of the dead friend. While some elements of the film might be dated, the themes of abandoned ideals and imagined lives are timeless.

Take a peek at the trailer and see why this almost 30 year old film still holds appeal for a new generation of movie watchers.


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24 Responses to At the Movies

  1. Vicki Archer says:

    Love this film… regularly watch it… and have danced to the sound track at so many parties… Great choice for the holidays Stacey… xv

  2. I have to see this again! And I doubt if Remi has ever seen it. I am also a huge Kevin Kline fan–an actor’s actor. I love imagining the modern day version of the kitchen scene with your family all dancing! Wishing you a relaxing weekend. :)

  3. Jane says:

    I just never get tired of seeing this film. From the opening chords of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”, you just knew this movie was going to be a classic.

  4. I love this movie! We own it thankfully and watch it often it’s fun and brings back memories. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Stacey!

  5. Jessica says:

    Love this movie. Love it. Haven’t seen it in so very many years. I used to have the soundtrack on Tape! I think I will make this part of my weekend agenda!

  6. Bruce Barone says:

    Yes. Love your post. I can see you and your’s. Saw the movie, again, not too long ago. What a soundtrack!!!

  7. good choice! Love it! and love the visual of your family clearing, cleaning .. dancing!

  8. Just so great – I love Kevin Kline, too. Perfect choice for this weekend, Stacey! ox

  9. mary jo says:

    This is such a great Thanksgiving movie! Thanks for the reminder, I will need to see if I can track it down over the weekend. Hoping you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    xo Mary Jo

  10. Ann says:

    One word – Classic – might need to rent it tonight. The soundtrack is awesome and play it all the time. Perfect movie for this time of year.

  11. This was a fave of my parents and mine….and of course the motown music is legendary, loved Kevin Kline in this. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

  12. Carla Aston says:

    I can’t believe this is 30 years old! I love this movie and that house. Although today they would probably have a bigger kitchen! Thanks for the reminder, I’m going to check it out again. I love movies with great houses. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Stacey!

  13. Love, love this movie. I have seen it many times and never tire of it. The opening scene is so great and of course the kitchen scene. Thanks for the reminder of a terrific film!

  14. I LOVE THIS MOVIE!
    Hope that you are having a great Thanksgiving, q!
    Teresa
    xoxo

  15. agreed! one of the best. and very few things/phrases date it – I can think of a few. I think it’s my husband’s all time favorite. donna

  16. you know, I have never seen this film I’m sad to say…
    but will definitely add it to my list..(well, actually, it’s on my list..I’m slow..just never seem to get around to watching…after all, you have to sit in one spot for an hour and a half..who can do that?!!)…
    thanks for the reminder…
    best,
    maureen

  17. Great choice and I am trying to convince the husband that we should watch this tonight! Happy birthday to your son (how funny that we have the same birthday!)

    xoxo,
    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  18. We just watched this not long ago and I hadn’t seen it in years…….it does have good music. Maybe again tonight? XO

  19. How can that be 30 years ago? YIKES!
    Such a favourite….. what a time of our lives.

    Hope your holiday season is great.

    Cheers,
    Heather

  20. This one is a classic, on the list of those few films we might actually own if we ever saw them at a screaming deal price!

    Hope you holiday weekend was bliss, it has been a busy fall for you!
    tp

  21. Dusty says:

    Thank you for sharing At the Movies.

  22. I can’t believe this is 30 years old! I love this movie and that house. Although today they would probably have a bigger kitchen! Thanks for the reminder, I’m going to check it out again. I love movies with great houses.

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