Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Big Chill includes a lot of frank discussion of sex. There are two sex scenes that clearly imply what's going on but aren't graphic, and one character is seen naked in the shower with one breast shown. There's quite a bit of profanity, including "s--t" and "f--k." Suicide is discussed, and the sewn-up injuries on the victim's corpse are briefly glimpsed. Snorting cocaine, smoking marijuana, and taking Quaaludes are shown along with drinking wine and beer, mostly with dinner and afterward. The story of college friends who reunite after 15 years is unlikely to hold much interest for teens as the characters relive old times and talk about how it influenced where they find themselves now.
The intertwining sexual history of the group, and how it affected their lives afterward, is a prominent theme, and frank discussions include mention of herpes, masturbation, and impotence. There are a couple instances of passionate kissing and two brief sex scenes: One is clothed, in shadow, and off-screen gratification with hands is implied. The other is well lit and in bed but under covers and only shows a man's bare back and a woman's bare shoulders. A woman is shown naked in the shower and one breast is visible. Condoms and a birth control pill holder are shown. A past abortion is implied. One character wants to have a baby, talks about which friend to have sex with to get pregnant, and is honest about what she wants with the men she does approach.
Suicide is discussed, and the sewn-up injuries on the victim's corpse are briefly glimpsed.
Strong language includes, most frequently, "s--t" and variations; "f--k" and variations about a half dozen times; and once or twice each "crap," "a--hole," "bitch," and "jerk off."
Maintaining a friendship over time takes effort, but it's well worth it.
Specific products shown in passing are Hellmann's mayonnaise, Coke, Quaalude, and Dreyer's. Nick mentions a past job at radio station KSFO. Harold gives everyone Nike running shoes, and Nick says they're very comfortable.
Drugs / Tobacco /
The adults drink wine and beer at dinner and afterward, and Sam is shown asking for another mini bottle on an airplane. One character is a smoker and is shown smoking several times, and other characters join her once or twice. Past drug use is mentioned frequently. Snorting cocaine is shown. Smoking marijuana is shown two or three times, and a character is shown rolling joints. While driving, a character pours miscellaneous pills onto the passenger seat and takes some. Another character takes a Quaalude with wine.