By Richard Augusztin

Sep 24, 2012 09:53 PM EST

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10 Years Theatrical Review

Although 10 Years started off on the slower side for me, as the movie progressed I realized why; the heart of the film lies with the characters' shared back stories, and how each defies or yields to the expectations set for them long ago.  That's exactly what writer/director Jamie Linden has done.  If you don't have characters you can relate to, you just have famous people on a screen reading lines. 

Jake (Channing Tatum) and his girlfriend (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) hang out with friends from high school history, approaching their 10-year reunion.  He runs into his high school girlfriend (Rosario Dawson), who he did not expect to see at the reunion.

Initially, I was skeptical of the pairing of Marty (Justin Long) and A.J. (Max Minghella), because it felt awkward and forced.  However, as the movie progressed, I saw where it was going.  It wasn't so much an experience of awkwardness as that these two characters hadn't grown up.  

Acting from all performers worked, because they made it believable.   It felt like I was at my own high school reunion with these characters. You had the class jock (Chris Pratt) and his cheerleader wife (Ari Graynor).  Some of you may remember that High School wasn't always so easy.  You had to be popular and if you weren't part of the "it crowd", you were pretty much nothing and you felt that way.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Lake Howell High School was actually the name of the high school in Winter Park, Florida that Director Jamie Linden attended - a clear sign that he drew inspiration from his own high school experience. I look forward to seeing what's next for Writer/Director Jamie Linden, supposing this confessional streak continues.

If I had to sum up this movie, this was like going back in time for me, with characters from my high school. Some of my former classmates had grown, and others, well, not so much.  In actor sightings, I enjoyed spotting Nick Zano (What I Like About You) and Ron Livingston (Sex and the City, Office Space). 

10 Years is definitely worth seeing on a girls' night or date night out.
-- Richard Augusztin

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MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 100 minutes
Distributed By: Anchor Bay Studios

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