Episode 27 – The Big Chill

We sit down and get all teary-eyed with Dan Hess and review the movie that spawned a Baby Boomer nostalgia revolution, 1983’s The Big Chill. We talk about that High Fidelity quote that causes Millennials like us to go into this movie blind. And the world has come a long way with regards to surrogacy, but we struggle to get into the free-love spirit. Is it just a case respectful relationship between three friends? Jessica and Dan have some strong thoughts.


We neglected to have a Baby Boomer on the show, and thus you are left solely with the opinions of Millennials. We just don’t connect with the free love style of the 60’s, and that can make it a little more difficult to get on board with much of the movie. Hopefully it doesn’t come across as too judgey, but part of the show is about recording our real reactions, and those are certainly in the episode!

Lawrence Kasdan also wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, and the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Storywhich I failed to mention during the show. But, you know, here’s his IMDb page if you want to know more. Huh, his real life wife is named “Meg”. Hmm…

The song Dan talks about is not called “Jeremiah was a Bullfrog”. It is called “Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night. Dan wants you to know that as a music aficionado, he immediately knew he was in error and also knew Adam would catch that when reviewing the episode and comment on it. And in that regard, Dan was correct.

This article on MovieFone about The Big Chill and Baby Boomer nostalgia may be the one to which Dan is referring.

Not sure exactly which Kevin Kline movies we could use for Dan’s next appearance. There is Sophie’s Choice, which would make the themes we discussed in this episode seem like a carnival ride in comparison. Contact us if you have thoughts!

Other Things We Reference:

High Fidelity (2000)

Dazed and Confused (1993)

Young Adult (2011)

The Sandlot (1993)