Sunday, March 23, 2014

10 Years - Movie Review

         According to the promo of this movie,  this is a story of a group of friends who realize that they haven’t grown up in some ways when they go to their high school reunion.   I think that in some ways, this is true, but at the same time, the side stories are fragmented and its hard to understand some of the characters feelings in the movie.

         Channing Tatum, who plays Jake, is very surprised to see his ex-girlfriend, Mary, at the reunion.  It’s hard to say why he is uncomfortable in seeing her again because the only thing I heard in the movie was that they ended up not going to the prom because her father was in the hospital.  His girlfriend wanted him to stay with her because he needed to clear things up with her.  

          If there was someone in the movie who didn’t grow up, it was Cully, who is played by Chris Pratt who people would remember from Parks & Recreation.  He’s a football jock who bullied people in the band.  He would spend most of the night getting drunk an apologizing to everyone that he bullied throughout the night although you get the impression that he didn’t really mean it. 

           Then there was the rock star that came back to meet the woman who he had a crush on.   I’m not sure how you can say that these characters didn’t grow up in some ways since that was the entire relationship especially when the rock star performs for them during the party. 

            Then there was Jess, the popular one, prom queen, who wanted to feel like she was back at her best time, which was in high school.   Marty and AJ would spend time with her and AJ seemed to be another student who wanted to tell her how much he liked her.  

             The movie comes to some surprising conclusions but I there wasn’t much to it.  This is the kind of movie that could have been better if it was more of a comedy but it just didn’t turn out that way.  I’m sure that there will be other high school reunion movies every year but this one isn’t worth more than 3 stars. 

Ron Hummer

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