"10 Years" A Pleasant Trip Down Memory Lane Review

We may dread them, we may avoid them, and we almost certainly claim to be above them, but there is something uniquely evocative about the high school reunion. They're fun and nostalgic, but they are nothing if not the Great Equalizer, a common base of experience among Americans that more often than not serves to take us down a peg by undoing, if only for a night, all of the progress we think we've made. It's also an exceptionally convenient device that 10 Years exploits fully. Even if it's never funny or insightful enough to become a classic, it's as warm and pleasant as you could possibly hope for a reunion to be.

Typical American High School Class of Ten Years Ago is getting back together, and nearly every recognizable (if not immediately identifiable) actor between 25 and 30 years of age promises to be there. Jake (Channing Tatum) will be attending with his new girlfriend Jess (Jenna Dewan-Tatum), only to realize he's not fully over Mary (Rosario Dawson), who's with her new boyfriend Paul (Ron Livingston). The highly successful musician Reeves (Oscar Isaac) will spend the night hitting on Elise (Kate Mara), while Marty (Justin Long) and AJ (Max Minghella) go after Anna (Lynn Collins). Cully (Chris Pratt) is on a mission to apologize to everyone he ever screwed over, while Olivia (Aubrey Plaza) meets her husband Garrity's (Brian Geraghty) friend Andre (Anthony Mackie) in a miniature Hurt Locker reunion.

Structurally, 10 Years feels like an Altman film (though he certainly would have divined an extra hour out of it), finding a rather remarkable balance with its huge cast. But as no narrative thread is especially weak, none is especially memorable, making the film on the whole a little underwhelming. But for those on the cusp of their reunion (or at least wishing they were), 10 Years is agreeable enough, thanks in large part to the chemistry of its stars, none of whom sacrifices the good spirit for a showy 'star turn'.


There are some deleted scenes included.

"10 Years" is on sale December 18, 2012 and is rated PG13. Comedy. Written and directed by Jamie Linden. Starring Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza, Brian Geraghty, Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Justin Long, Kate Mara, Lynn Collins, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Ron Livingston, Rosario Dawson, Scott Porter, Eiko Nijo, Kelly Noonan.

Anders Nelson • Associate Editor


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