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“Coupe de Ville” was a mediocre snowflake in the avalanche of period, coming-of-age movies released around 1990. Like the others, it looks back wistfully at the late 1950s-early 1960s and tries to impart some kind of simplistic, baby-boomer value lesson. The lesson here seems to be that warts and all, it’s still important to stay connected to one’s family. My biggest takeaway from this road movie was the family that screams together stays together. Geez! The yelling!! Enough already!!! I thought uptight Daniel Stern (playing the oldest of three stereotypical, bickering brothers) was going to drop dead at any minute.

“The Big Chill” (1983) is an interesting setup and a great ending sandwiched around entirely too much tiresome baby boomer midlife crisis self-analysis. That’s why, as a film, this movie is no longer relevant to anyone other than those baby boomers who see themselves in the movie’s characters (with all due respect). However, it remains hugely significant in that its soundtrack of familiar hit songs helped change how music and movies interacted (and were marketed). And the incredibly positive audience response to said music helped inspire a radio format concept (classic rock) that remains popular 30 years after the film.

So maybe the baby boomers and the millennials can get along. In “All Nighter” (2017), an old-school master of the universe is forced to team up with the snowflake ex-boyfriend of his daughter. Hijinks ensue and everyone learns a little about themselves in a tidy 86 minutes. Lest that description so too lame-o, well, actually, this movie is a little bit lame-o. You probably wouldn’t have needed trigger warnings or a safe room in order to watch it (Unless you recently broke up with a significant other. In that case, tough shit.). But there are a few laugh-out-loud funny moments.