Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Apr 2015)
Brief Synopsis – After a friend of theirs attempts suicide, a group of college buddies get together for a weekend to reminisce and reconnect
My Take on it – When a movie works well, many times other film makers try to match that success by making a similar themed movie.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it bombs and sometimes it lands right in the middle.
This movie fits into the latter category.
32 years ago, Lawrence Kasden made a great film about college friends reuniting after one of them commits suicide called The Big Chill (1983).
This movie takes that premise in a slightly different way because the suicide never actually happens, but the fact that an attempt was made it still brings together a numer of close friends for a weekened in order to reconnect.
The character that causes the reunion in both movies is named Alex (coincidence??? I think not) and romantic feelings of yore re-emerge quite quickly in both movies.
It’s too bad that this movie doesn’t feel more original and if it stood on its own, it might be perceived better, but as a modern re-make of a classic film, this movie falls flat on its face.
I can’t say that there were many memorable scenes, but it still was an ok watch.
Bottom Line – Tries too hard to be this generation’s The Big Chill (1983) and falls pretty flat. Interesting friendship dynamics, but none of the characters are really interesting enough. Truly a mediocre movie that isn’t memorable or forgettable all at the same time.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Josh tries to stop Siri from entering the bathroom, the bathroom door in the background is first shown slightly open, then closed. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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