'10 Years': Sharp cast makes this school reunion worth attending
A movie review of "10 Years," a high-school reunion dramedy starring Channing Tatum, Justin Long, Chris Pratt and Lynn Collins.
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'10 Years,' with Channing Tatum, Ari Graynor, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Justin Long, Chris Pratt, Lynn Collins. Written and directed by Jamie Linden. 100 minutes. Rated PG-13 for language, alcohol abuse, some sexual material and drug use. Meridian.
Nostalgia seems to kick in earlier and younger, at least to those of us of the "St. Elmo's Fire" or "Big Chill" generations. Thus, the legion of 28-year-olds getting misty-eyed over high school in "10 Years," a high-school- reunion dramedy full of alcohol, last-chance romance, memories both bitter and bittersweet, big secrets and bigger revelations.
It's a movie that doesn't take its own advice — "Why spend your time looking back when you've got so much to look forward to?"
Writer ("Dear John") and first-time director Jamie Linden traffics in the soapy, melodramatic clichés of such ensemble pieces. But with sharp casting, he pulls off a movie with a dash of wit, a few genuinely poignant moments and a generous helping of grace notes to make the clichés go down easily.
Channing Tatum is Jake, the handsome, popular prom king who went on to an exciting life as ... a mortgage broker. At least he has a hot, younger date (Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Tatum's real-life spouse) to drag with him to Lake Howell High's 10th reunion.
Anna (Lynn Collins) shows up alone, the popular party girl from way back still pursued by guys like Marty (Justin Long) and his married pal AJ (Max Minghella).
Chris Pratt is aptly cast as Cully, the ex-jock and "reformed" bully who married Sam (Ari Graynor), had kids and adopted a sweater vest as his new uniform.
And the list goes on.
It's easy to see how Linden attracted such a star-studded young cast. Most every character has his or her own moment, and many of them deliver lines that stick with you.