Five old friends get together on the eve of another friend's wedding in this Gen-X BIG CHILL variation. Host Jonah (Holter Graham), who pulled a 10-year vanishing act after the gang's high school graduation, has invited best pals law student Ted
(Mitchell Riggs), pretty Bev (Kim Winter, whose resemblance to Michelle Pfeiffer is striking), grunge girl Rachel (Heather Goldenhersh) and oversexed Alex (Jessica Faller, who looks a bit like Angelina Jolie) to stay at the house where they all once spent idyllic childhood afternoons. The
dark cloud over the reunion is something that once happened between Jonah and Ted, who's still so spooked that he's trying to persuade girlfriend Bev that they should stay at a motel as they pull up to the door. When Jonah finally makes his entrance, his friends are stunned: Once a pimply geek,
he's transformed himself into a manly hunk who apparently holds no grudges about the past. Over the course of a liquor-, pot- and hormone-fueled evening, the friends flirt, reminisce and hash over their love lives; a drunken game of spin the bottle, complete with lustful kisses all around, gets
the psychodrama bubbling. Directed by NYU grad Jamie Yerkes and scripted by former New York Press sex columnist Amy Sohn, this sleek first feature, which was made in 1998 and has been doing the film festival rounds since then, betrays a certain immaturity beneath the visual sophistication.
The story's shocking revelation just isn't that shocking, and the girls' efforts to sound tough and randy smack of trying way too hard to shock. Which, come to think of it, was also the trouble with Sohn's vulgar column. But the personable and largely unknown actors do remarkable work with the
material, and Yerkes keeps the talk-driven action moving at a brisk pace; overall, it's a promising debut.
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- Released: 2000
- Rating: NR
- Review: Five old friends get together on the eve of another friend's wedding in this Gen-X BIG CHILL variation. Host Jonah (Holter Graham), who pulled a 10-year vanishing act after the gang's high school graduation, has invited best pals law student Ted (M… (more)