Stinkers: The Big Chill
With Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum and William Hurt.
The Big Chill was nominated for three Oscars in 1983 and (as you can see) it sports a very impressive ensemble cast. The movie revolves around a group of college friends that have become out of touch, until one of their friends commits suicide and they reunite at his funeral.
As one of those “plotless” movies, it is heavily reliant on the depth of its many characters and the quality of their conversations. Kline and Goldblum have some funny lines, but the rest of the characters come off across very vanilla. Not enough information is revealed about any of them, and I never felt any reason to become emotionally invested in their chatter or relationships.
By the end of the film, I felt like I had wasted my time because everything seems set to return to “normal” after this little reunion. The music was good, though. So there’s one plus… but I’m assuming you already have a iPod (or CD player, radio, 8-track, whatever) if all you wanted to do was listen to some good tunes.
RIYL: Before Sunset, Reality Bites, Garden State. (Watch these instead!)