Now available on Blu-ray and DVD is the movie 10 Years, staring Tatum Channing and his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Justin Long and Chris Pratt.
10 Years is a movie about a high school class reunion. If you graduated from high school and attended your 10 year class reunion, I’m sure you can relate to this film.
I was all set to attend my 10th year reunion, but my husband (then boyfriend) was in a serious car accident two days before. THANKFULLY he was OK, but still in a lot of pain. I didn’t want to attend by myself (not knowing what to expect) and I didn’t want to drag him to the reunion when he was still in pain, so I didn’t go.
I did attend my 20th class reunion (I graduated in 1986). There were actually two reunion parties. One was on a Friday night at a local bar. The next day was the family reunion party at a local state park where attendees too their families. I opted to go to the one on the Saturday afternoon so I could take my husband and children.
Class reunions are always very strange. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to see old friends. I really enjoyed that part. It’s everything else that is strange. For example, one “boy” (of course he’s a man now) who used to torture me like crazy in high school (he would always tease me about my weight) came up to me and was chatting with me as if we were long lost best friends. ???!!! That was crazy! In fact several people who teased me, treated me poorly and even ignored my existence in high school were suddenly approaching me as if we were friends and caring about how my life turned out. That just blew my mind!
I think we all secretly wish for the most popular girl in school to have a less-than-exciting life after high school. That was the case with some of the girls (the popular ones) at my high school. Other popular girls went on to lead super exciting and glamorous lives. You also expect to see the most popular boy in school (like the Prom King) with a big beer gut and bald. A few of the jocks I graduated with were like that. Most aged very well.
High school reunions are awkward for everyone, from the band geeks to the Prom Queen. Some people mature and go on to lead wonderful lives. Others are stuck in the old high school mentality and refuse to grow up. There are even some that find it difficult to believe that they ARE grown up, like it or not.
In the movie 10 Years we get to meet several people who graduated from high school together at their 10th High School Reunion. There are several characters, each with their own stories (and secrets).
First you have Jake (Channing Tatum) and his girlfriend Jess. They have been dating for years. He wants to ask her to marry him, but every time he wants to he chickens out. There is one person at the reunion that will test his love for Jess – his ex-girlfriend Mary. Jake and Mary dated throughout high school. They had a very serious relationship, yet something happened to break them apart. When Jake sees Mary old feelings resurface and he questions his feelings towards Jess. It doesn’t help that Mary is now married.
Cully and Sam are married with a couple of children. Cully was a jock and a bully and Sam was his cheerleader girlfriend. Cully realizes that he was a total jerk in high school and sets out to apologize to everyone at the reunion that he tortured and was cruel to in high school, especially the “band geeks”. Unfortunately as the night goes on Cully gets more and more drunk and eventually he turns into the same jerk he was in high school. Poor Sam is left to “clean up” after him.
AJ and Marty are life long friends, but they are also in competition with one another. AJ is married with an expensive yacht and Marty lives in NYC and dates models. Although that is what they want each other to believe. Each is hiding a secret from the other. Both men are chasing around the most popular girl in high school, Anna. She’s just as beautiful as ever and still have the “party girl” mentality. AJ and Marty didn’t have a shot with her in high school so they are hoping their new found statuses ($$$) might interest Anna (although AJ is married). As it turns out all three of them were harboring secrets from the rest of the group.
Another classmate, Reeves, is now a popular singer. Everyone at the reunion is swooning over him, except his secret crush in high school, Elise. She never even heard any of his songs. She’s a fan of talk radio, not music. Reeves still has feelings for Elise (unbeknown to Elise). He is even more drawn to her because she likes him for who he is and who he was, not because he’s a music star. Elise also has a boyfriend which makes things a bit tricky for Reeves.
There is another married couple, Garrity and Olivia. Theirs is a minor story line. Garrity was big into Hip Hop and Rap, much to the surprise of his wife. Throughout the evening she learns more and more about how much he was REALLY into the Hip Hop/Rap scene.
Lastly there is Scott. Scott moved away after high school and moved to Japan where he turned out to be very successful. He also has a lovely wife. He’s the only person in the movie without any “drama” in his storyline.
The movie has drama, comedy and romance. It’s a little bit of everything. It does have a few spots were it’s a bit slow, but over all it’s an entertaining movie. Some of the characters you root for, and others you just want to send home.
I wouldn’t consider this a “chick flick” because it’s not all about “boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy and girl get married and live happily ever after“. I think there are plenty of men who can relate to going to a high school reunion and how it changes us.
This movie COULD have turned into something raunchy and R rated (think American Reunion), but it didn’t. It’s rated PG-13. I really didn’t see much wrong with it as far as bad language, violence or anything like that. Mostly a people getting drunk and acting stupid.
There are only a few deleted scenes as far as bonus features are concerned.
10 Years is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Look for it where ever movies are sold.
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.