New York based jazz pianist Willie Conway heads back to his small hometown of Knights Ridge, Massachusetts for a high school reunion. The trip is as much to go to the reunion and see his old friends - none of whom left Knights Ridge after graduation - as it is to get away from his current life, at which he is at a crossroads both personally and professionally. He is just eking out a living with his piano playing gigs, and as such he is thinking about taking a sales job. He's also not sure if he's ready to marry his long time girlfriend, lawyer Tracy Stover. Most of Willie's Knights Ridge blue collar friends' best days were in high school, they still having that "trophy" mentality of girlfriends and wives. Only Michael "Mo" Morris is happily married with a family. Paul Kirkwood, whose room is plastered with magazine pictures of models, wants his waitress ex-girlfriend Jan back only because he knows now that he can't have her. And Tommy "Birdman" Rowland, who was the big man in high ... Written by
good times never seemed so good
Did You Know?
Wanting to depict the fictional town as being like any other working class town in America, Ted Demme
drew inspiration from The Deer Hunter
(1978) and had the film screened for the cast and crew. Demme cited the first third of that film as depicting real friendship. See more
As Willie, Tommy, and Gina are exiting the drugstore (after her rant about guys unrealistic physical expectations of women) the signage of the store clearly reflects Valentine's Day season, while several times the movie shows it's Christmas season. See more
I like to mash snow. It gives me a tremendous feeling of self satisfaction.
Written by Mark Sandman
Performed by Morphine
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