John Heard plays Charles, a sardonic civil servant who can't seem to get over his breakup with Laura (Mary Beth Hurt). While listening to his mother describe how she's thinking of killing herself, Charles begins to reflect on how the relationship started. From there, the movie flashes back and forth between his present obsessiveness and the ups and downs of his two months with Laura. The rambling but entertaining progress of Chilly Scenes of Winter is sprinkled with sharp, satirical portraits of the other people in Charles's life, including his mother (the great B-movie actress, Gloria Grahame), who wallows in her offhand madness, and his roommate, Sam (Peter Riegert), an unemployed womanizer. But the movie's greatest strength is its warts-and-all portrait of Charles himself. He's funny, but his humor often slides into hostility; he's affectionate, but his attentions sometimes turn neurotic and possessive. The movie doesn't condemn him, but it doesn't let him off the hook, either, and Heard's performance manages to be both charming and dismaying. The result is a gentle, sometimes painful, but always honest comedy about the messy details of relationships that has developed a passionate cult following. Chilly Scenes of Winter is based on the novel of the same name by Anne Beattie, who has a cameo as a waitress. --Bret Fetzer
this main character has the fairy tale romance all worked out in his mind but somehow reality just won't let it happen so he becomes lovesick to the point of being in a trancelike... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2001 by chubby
I fell in love with this film in it's original form as "Chilly Scenes of Winter." I admit the new truncated version is more "realistic" in an worldly sort of... Read morePublished on Dec 6 2000 by "bandoman"
This is the only American movie I have ever seen that captures the rhythms & nuances of a real "relationship" with perfect pitch. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2000 by inframan
This is my favorite movie of all time. You must see it. Go to my web-site about it. Peter Riegert's performance is not to be missed.Published on Sept. 24 1999
For those reviewers wishing to find the original "Head Over Heels": don't bother! The final five minutes of "Chilly Scenes" separate it from your average happy... Read morePublished on May 23 1999 by Bill (firstname.lastname@example.org)
John Heard and Peter Reigert give such effortless performances - the one-liners are great. It's just a great movie for anyone who's ever "been there". Read morePublished on Feb. 5 1999 by email@example.com