Though many dread the thought of attending their own high school reunion, audience and movie goers can live their high school reunion vicariously through Jamie Linden’s 10 Years, an ensemble comedy about nine friends and their high school experiences a decade later. Like most reunion films, Linden through the prism of old friends reuniting examines high school angst and clicks and those who have moved on to fulfill their aspirations and those still emotionally stuck in high school. With an all-star cast including Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pratt, Justin Long, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Anthony Mackie, Max Minghella, and Oscar Isaac there is sure to be a character that everyone can relate to from their own high school years.
The story enfolds as Jake and all of his former high school colleagues arrive at their ten-year high school reunion. Tatum (Jake) comes to the reunion with his fiancee Jess (Jenna Dewan-Tatum). Though Jake and Jess have a great relationship, Jake still holds on to feelings for his old sweetheart played by Rosario Dawson. Although Jake and his former sweetheart have both moved on to other relationships, old feelings resurface at the reunion.
Cully (Chris Pratt), Jake’s friend, who’s married his cheerleader girlfriend from high school and has been looking forward to the reunion to apologize to all the classmates he ‘s bullied. After far too many drinks, Cully gets sloppy and resorts to old habits of ethnic and racial slurs. Some of these scenes are the funniest scenes in the film.
Between the classmates who were most likely to succeed to the ones who would be best friends forever, 10 Years is a heart-touching comedy that most moviegoers can relate to. Despite the large ensemble cast and subplots, Director Jamie Linden has done a great job at detailing each character in 10 Years, giving audiences a variety of characters with which they can identify.
Tatum with his boy-next-door- looks has mastered playing Everyman characters that pull at audiences’ heartstrings. This role is in that same vein. Rosario Dawson seen more recently in such action-packed roles in Unstoppable, Eagle Eye and Grindhouse, in 10 Years has gone back to the more sensitive, pensive roles of her earlier career. Playing a level headed yet flirty Jess, Dawson brings a much softer side to her personality to bring out the authenticity of her acting. While Chris Pratt (Bride Wars and the television hit Parks and Recreation), with his character Cully stays true to similar other comedic roles.
Audiences are sure to enjoy this 21st century spin on the 1997 hit, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion. Whether you just graduated or are looking to attend your own high school reunion, 10 Years will resonate with your own high school experiences.
10 Years is released by Anchor Bay films and opens in select cities September 14, 2012.
– Cory Orlando