“The thing is, nobody said it was gonna be fun. At least, nobody said it to me.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
… and adds that he “certainly know[s] more people from the sixties protest movement who are more like the characters in John Sayles’s superior 1980 film Return of the Seacaucus Seven” — who, “if they’re not out in the streets,” at least “haven’t sold out their values and are still doing their part for social change.” I don’t believe Kasdan or Benedek think this is what has happened to all “sixties radicals” — or even that this particular group of folks was once “radical” so much as idealistic, young, and liberal. The filmmakers are simply telling a slice of reality as they experienced it themselves.
Peary asserts that the “best, most nostalgic scenes have characters gathering in the kitchen for food and chit-chat”:
… and argues that while the “dialogue is sharp,” it’s “too precise (it comes across as if it were written rather than delivered spontaneously).” He notes that the “most appealing character is the outsider, the dead man’s young, shallow girlfriend Meg Tilly,” who “hasn’t been formed yet, so she surely hasn’t been corrupted.”
However, several of the other characters are appealing as well, most notably Close as the grieving ex-lover of the deceased friend:
… and Berenger’s refreshingly humble T.V. actor, who hates seeing himself on-screen:
While this immensely popular movie is no longer must-see for all film fanatics, I think it remains worth a look.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:
(Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die)