Saturday, September 15, 2012

10 Years Movie Review

10 Years Movie Review, Written by: Karen Benardello Teenagers often times want to rush their high school experiences so they can embrace the freedom that they often associate with adulthood. Little do they realize that the time they spend with their friends and peers during their youth often influence and shape their adult lives, and they’ll often spend their time after graduation trying to rectify the problems created in school. This emotional dilemma is daringly and comically featured and debated in the new ensemble film ‘10 Years,’ which opens in select New York theaters tomorrow. The movie respectably refuses to present the insecurities people carry into adulthood from school as trivial, and isn’t afraid to show the lengths people will go to in order to improve their self-worth and confidence. ‘10 Years’ follows a group of high school friends who reconnect on the night of their 10-year reunion, and discover that a decade after graduating, no one’s fully grown up. The group is led by Jake (played by Channing Tatum), who is deeply in love with his girlfriend, Jess (portrayed by Jenna Dewan-Tatum), and id ready to propose to her. He quickly doubts his decision when he runs into his high school flame, Mary (played by Rosario Dawson), for the first time since college. But when he discovers she’s married to Paul (portrayed by Ron Livingston), Jake learns to value his relationship with Jess. Meanwhile, Jake’s friend Cully (played by Chris Pratt) is married to former cheerleader Sam (portrayed by Ari Graynor), and makes it his mission to finally apologize to all the classmates he bullied in high school. However, after having a few drinks, the once popular jock relapses back to his old harassing ways. At the same time, longtime rivals, the notorious bachelor Marty (played by Justin Long) and the married A.J (portrayed by Max Minghella), envy each other’s lifestyles. They try to make themselves feel better by spending their time at the reunion resorting to their high school ways, vying to impress the hottest girl in class, Anna (played by Lynn Collins). The other members of the group include the once-shy Reeves (portrayed by Oscar Isaac), who is now a rock star. He’s still too afraid to talk to his high school crush, Elise (played Kate Mara), however, and tries to muster up the courage to win her over. Meanwhile, Scott (portrayed by Scott Porter) has finally found peace living in Toyko with his girlfriend, and realizes the happiness he had in high school belongs in the past. Screenwriter-helmer Jamie Linden, who made his feature film directorial debut with ‘10 Years,’ perfectly captured the conflicting feelings many people feel as they reflect on their high school experiences with friends they lost regular contact with. Jake and his friends represent everyone who is still holding onto their sentiments, emotions, grudges and dreams from their high school careers. To continue reading this review, please visit Examiner.

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