Aaaa...what a great movie. There are two main ways to view The Big Chill....
1. as a mindless, pointless showing of 7 drug-using former hippies from the University of Michigan(plus the clueless girlfriend of their suicidal friend) hatched up in a Southern plantation house for a few days, remembering their dead friend Alex after they reunite from various areas for his funeral.
2. As a fun, surprisingly-realistic look at REAL friendship and how, if you dont keep it up, it can drift slowly away. At how love and friendship are the most important things in life, and may be the key to happiness. At how true friendship never really disappears, and how it can be triggered once again, after a few days of getting high and singing and dancing to oldies with college friends. :)
I sure hope 6 of my best friends and I can someday hang out in a plantation house together for a weekend.
The soundtrack to this movie is GREAT and is ALL oldies, including Marvin Gaye, Three Dog Night and The Temptations. A Fun, worthwhile movie with some funny one-liners.