An English Professor tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in.
A seminal Thirty-Something movie in which a group of old college friends who are now all grown up and hardened by the big wide world come together for the funeral of Alex, a barely glimpsed corpse, who was at one time the brightest and the best of them, and yet who never managed to achieve half as much as any of the others. The friends use the occasion to reacquaint themselves with each other and to speculate as to what happened to their idealism which had been abundant when they were younger. Written by
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Director Lawrence Kasdan's wife, Meg Kasdan, plays the airline stewardess flirting with Sam Weber at the beginning of the film. His two sons also have roles: Jon Kasdan plays Harold and Sarah's son in the bathtub, and Jake Kasdan plays the boy seeking Sam's autograph at the wake. See more »
The position of Harold's and Sarah's left arms after she and Harold talk to Nick on the front steps after the wake. See more »
[Michael enters the kitchen, sees Sarah standing in front of the open refrigerator]
You know, that's the problem with these things. You have to watch them every minute.
[Takes a small carton of milk from the refrigerator]
Oh, hey, did I miss Karen and Richard?
No, just Richard; Karen's staying for the weekend.
But not Richard?
Went back to be with the kids.
Oohhhh, interesting. What did Richard have to say about that?
Michael, if you're going to sleep this late, you're going to miss a few ...
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After reading several of the user comments on this movie, it is clear that many people missed quite a bit. Those "funny one-liners" (and there are plenty!) are much more than that: they tell us volumes about the characters. This movie certainly does not spell anything out to the viewer (except, perhaps, the obvious), so you must be able to find the meaning behind the words. If you listen to what the characters are saying, then you can understand their past relationships, their present feelings, which friends have stayed close, etc. Remember, these are old friends: the script is very realistic so the characters are not going to explain every line to one another. I believe to truly enjoy this movie you need to pay close attention to all of the details and understand a bit about the attitudes and ideals of the two eras the movie depicts.
Wonderful, intelligent movie!
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