Young Hollywood is going back to school. Writer-director Jamie Linden’s reunion-centered 10 Years, features both established and up-and-coming stars. The laid-back dramedy is filled with familiar faces and honest performances that keep you glued to the screen. It’s not a perfect film but it has a lot of heart, and “man of the moment” Channing Tatum.

The Players:

  • Director: Jamie Linden
  • Screenwriter: Jamie Linden
  • Cast: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Chris Pratt, Oscar Isaac, Rosario Dawson, Justin Long, Max Minghella, Kate Mara, Lynn Collins, Ari Graynor, Brian Geraghty, Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Porter, Aaron Yoo, Ron Livingston, Nick Zano
  • Cinematography by: Steven Fierberg
  • Original Music by: Chad Fischer

The Plot:

A group of former classmates reunite for their high school reunion. Jake (Channing Tatum) attends with girlfriend Jess (Jenna Dewan-Tatum), and bumps into former flame Mary (Rosario Dawson). After starting a family with cheerleader Sam (Ari Graynor), jock Cully (Chris Pratt) hasn’t outgrown his obnoxious ways. Rivals Marty (Justin Long) and A.J. (Max Minghella) are still competing for the attention of “it girl” Anna, while rock star Reeves (Oscar Isaac) tries to confess his love to an old crush Elise (Kate Mara).

The Good:

  • Cast chemistry: The key to this film is chemistry. It’s imperative that the actors are believable as old friends. Most of them have previously worked together in the past. They have a connection that’s already established. When you watch their scenes it doesn’t look like acting. You genuinely feel the affection they have for each other.
  • Humor: 10 Years isn’t filled with over-the-top comedy, but it’s still funny. Its humor stems from awkward moments that surface during the reunion. The conversations, karaoke, and alcohol all contribute to its comedic tone.
  • Realism: Life isn’t a fairy tale. Everyone doesn’t get a happily ever after. This film shows how much people’s lives can change in a decade. The characters have varying degrees of success, but none of their lives are perfect. Some people changed for the better, while others for the worse. That’s life.

The So-So:

  • Unresolved Story: At the center on the film is a lingering romance between Jake and Mary. It looms over the story like a dark cloud. The whole time you’re watching, you wonder ‘What happened there?’ But when the truth finally comes out it’s not satisfying. The reveal doesn’t warrant the buildup it receives.

The Bad:

  • Wasted Talent: We assume Ron Livingston shot all his scenes in a few hours. His dialogue in this movie would barely fill a page. He’s such a talented actor and was completely wasted.

Overall:

We’ve seen countless films based on this premise. But 10 Years still manages to keep you engaged. It gives you a genuine feeling of nostalgia. The story isn’t groundbreaking, but the performances are top-notch.

The Rating: 8/10

10 Years opens in theaters September 14.

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Will you be seeing 10 Years this weekend?