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"10 Years" is a great movie with a pretty bogus title. It's not about the length of time, it's about how the people in the movie haven't changed a smidge since they were in high school. This can be both a good and bad thing depending on what you were like in high school I guess (I'm still there so I haven't dared to think that far ahead into the future!) Channing Tatum is great in this movie, but the scene stealer I thought was Jason Long who plays a former nerd who tries to one up his old rival just to prove to the hot girl (who's still hot) that he is the one she would go for ten years later. It's pretty hilarious to see them fight like teens when they are grown men but it definitely rings true. Rosario Dawson plays Channing Tatum's high school sweetheart who he is still in love with and she looks really great in the movie. I would see this again and probably take your buddies too if you want to have a good time. It's funny and dramatic!!
Channing Tatum seems to be in every movie being made these days. I think this is his fourth movie in one year. If he were a better actor, I wouldn't mind, not that he's bad per se, it's just kind of annoying to see him play the typical jock type character he seems to always play even when he's sensitive (like in The Vow). This one is about a high school reunion that takes place 10 years after graduation and everyone seems to still be who they were back on graduation day. Lives have changed a lot, but not enough, and everyone immediately falls back in to their old roles. There is the jock, the cheerleader, the nerds, the hot girl, and the awkward people who fit in nowhere. If you ever went to high school you probably know what it felt like, though you probably don't have the desire to relive all of your high school memories like they do in this movie. Not bad, but not great either.
Ten Years is the kind of movie that almost everyone should be able to relate to but almost no one will want to see. It’s yet another ensemble comedy about a group of high school friends that reunite for their 10 year class reunion to see how lives have changed and how personalities have developed only to discover that no one really ever does change. It’s the old formula about “you can man out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the man” or somesuch. It works well enough, but well enough isn’t, well, enough.
We have a large cadre of characters in the movie, starting (and ending) with Jake (Channing Tatum) who is deeply in love with his girlfriend Jess (Jenna Dewan-Tatum), or thinks he is until he runs into his old high school flame Mary (Roasiro Dawson). Then there’s Chris Pratt’s character Cully, who married a cheerleader and has been looking forward to the reunion just so he can apologize to everyone for being a bullying douche from grades 9 thru 12. The funniest and most memorable plot line, however, belongs to Justin Long and Max Minghella who play high school geeks turned rivals who pick up exactly where they left off, trying to one-up each other by impressing their class’s “it” girl played by Lynn Collins. There’s also a subplot about one of the class going on to become a famous pop sensation (Oscar Isaac) but remains tongue tied when confronted by the girl he once had a crush on (Kate Mara).
Nothing much happens in the way of actual plot or character development, but the movie is played with enough pathos and likability from the cast that everyone watching it should be able to glean exactly what they want from a movie that lets them commiserate with their former high school selves. Though it’s the kind of movie that you forget once its over, it does remind you of your real life experiences in the jungle of high school and that alone might be enough to entice an audience. If nothing else, it simply reaffirms Channing Tatum’s star power. Whether or not that’s a good thing, I’ll let you decide.
It was a pretty mild comedy but I had a decent time and because this summer had no worthwhile comedies my expectations were kind of low and this film surpassed them. The story was not the most original and it has been done many times before but the film was sincere and honest and nothing felt forced so i ignored this flaw. I liked the movie wasn’t pretentious and I liked a hint of melancholy and sadness that the created atmosphere had. I thought that the cast really shined and definitely lifted this film way up. Overall, I recommend seeing this film in the theaters, I think it is worth your time.
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