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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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Meg Kasdan, Jon Kasdan, Jake Kasdan:
Director Lawrence Kasdan's wife Meg plays the airline stewardess flirting with Sam Weber at the beginning of the film. Their son Jon plays Harold & Sarah's son in the bathtub, and their other son Jake plays the boy seeking Sam's autograph at the wake. See more »
At the beginning, during the graveside service, the sun is on the verge of setting, yet moments later the funeral luncheon at the Cooper's home is bathed in mid-day sun. See more »
Do you think we're all trying trying to avoid dealing with Alex? You know, every time it comes up somebody changes the subject.
Hey, it's a dead subject.
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When I said I had never seen this film, people gasped and told me they couldn't belive it. They said it was a ground-breaking film, a cinematic landmark etc etc. Worth seeing for the soundtrack alone. So I rented it and watched it.
What I saw was a group of unpleasant, self-obsessed, angst-ridden yuppies whom I liked not at all and cared about even less. We get a little light-relief once or twice with the Tom Beringer character but apart from that we are expected to spend a weekend with these people as they mull over the fact that one of the college friends has killed himself. A little sex thrown in for variety and Glenn Close chooses to have her hissy-fit in the shower so while we watch her acting we can also see her breasts. The piece ends suddenly, with little changed, nothing concluded and the audience thinking "So what?" We never find out why Alex killed himself but my theory is he realized that these people were the best he could do for friends so he threw in the towel.
As for the soundtrack, a selection of fifteen or so different numbers of roughly the same period, well K-Tel have been doing that sort of thing for years. No need to put yourself through a movie like this to hear it.
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