Return of the Secaucus 7
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John Sayles' directorial debut follows a group of college friends who converge on a vacation house in a small New Hampshire town for a weekend reunion, marking the ten year anniversary of their arrest in Secaucus, when they were on their way to a political demonstration and march on the Pentagon. This varied group of friends are former campus activists on the edge of their 30's. Once gathered, they quickly fall back into their old verbal sparring routines, bringing each up to date as to what is going on in their lives. Katie (Maggie Renzi) and Mike (Bruce MacDonald), now both high school teachers, play hosts for the weekend. J.T. (Adam Le Fevre), an aspiring singer-songwriter, is hitchhiking with his guitar and is picked up by another member of the core group, Frances (Maggie Cousineau), a medical student who has been carrying a torch for him for years. Other members include J.T.'s former girlfriend, Irene (Jean Passanante), her new steady, Chip (Gordon Clapp), aspiring actress Lacey (Amy Schewel), and Ron (David Strathairn), a car-loving townie who was one of Mike's pals in high school. The film provides a compelling and intelligent study of the dulling of ideals over years as compromise after compromise reduces one's revolutionary zeal.
I loved this film. Urban Legend says it is the basis for The Big Chill! Great to see a young David Strathairn in this film. 100% worth the buy!!!! Enjoy!
I could watch this movie over and over again. Mostly just to see what the average person dressed like back then...it's 1980 so it's like the height of the 70's and the start of the 80's at the same time. This film is definitely the first of it's kind. Shows like The Real World and movies like the Breakfast Club must have been inspired by Sayles. If you like the 70's or 80's you'll love this film.
Don't do it...just don't
In the first few minutes of this movie, you know that it was a mistake to rent it. So you spend the next 10-5 minutes trying to overlook bad acting and very stiff dialogue hoping to find interesting moments to latch onto so that you can get through it. After denial, comes acceptance of the fact that you could have spent the last 15 minutes emptying the dishwashing or maybe getting some additional flossing in during the week, you know, good things. Instead, you wasted some money trying to find "a cool movie that was the basis of the big chill". Sorry, but despite the similar character structure, this is NOT the Big Chill.