Director-writer Lawrence Kasdan applies the hard-sell techniques of his screenplays for Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi to this intimate 1983 comedy-drama about a group of 60s college friends reunited in the enervated 80s. The material is gratingly familiar from innumerable plays and independent films, with the difference that Kasdan is interested only in assuaging the guilt of his characters (and, automatically, his audience) over their failure to follow their youthful ideals. There is no place for depth or nuance in this slickly engineered complacency machine, which roars along at a single tone and pace, neatly dispelling every troubling intimation with a Mary Tyler Moore one-liner and solving all its conflicts with tricks of rhetoric. The ensemble cast looks impressive, but all of its members have been better elsewhere: Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, JoBeth Williams. 103 min.
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