When news anchors and weather forecasters refer to dropping temperatures as "the big chill," it's because of this hit movie title from 1983. The title really referred to the cold hard fact of middle age for a group of friends who attended one friend's funeral. Directed by Lawrence Kasdan, who also co-wrote the Oscar-nominated original screenplay, The Big Chill was in the Oscar race for Best Picture.
For this group of college liberal friends from the 1960s/70s, what great music nostalgia.
My buddy, Jim, was right. Like many other African-Americans, I've often been "the black friend" for some of my liberal white buddies. That means they will occasionally bring you to an event like you're a housewarming gift. You will literally add color to the room. If The Big Chill was made today, a black friend would probably be half of a same-sex couple.
A few years later, this hit movie influenced the 1980s hit ABC series, Thirtysomething.
Kasdan did a better job with 1991's Grand Canyon. Those characters reflected my world.
I especially loved what he did with Danny Glover and Alfre Woodard characters. It was so real, so right and so refreshing.