The largely engaging class-reunion dramedy
That said, this very distant, slightly more youthful cousin to "The Big Chill" presents a convincing version of a 10-year high school reunion, one that eschews excess and melodrama for a wistful visit with a clutch of decent men and women who've chugged forward over the last decade, some more happily — and expectedly — than others.
With an ensemble cast this large, it's inevitable that some characters will get short shrift while others will rack more focus. Tatum's Jake, a cool dude-turned-mortgage broker, emerges as the nominal main character (the
Jake's marital resolve is further tested when ex-flame — and former prom date — Mary (Dawson) shows up at the party with her older, buttoned-up husband (a wasted
Also poignant is the story of Reeves (
Other reunion-goers include competitive pals Marty (Long) and AJ (Max Minghella), who each try to impress sexy party girl Anna (
More ill-conceived is the strand involving Garrity ("
As the action moves from hotel banquet room to hometown bar and finally the local diner, a handful of truths are revealed, some adult decisions are made and life will largely go on as it was before the evening began.
That doesn't make "10 Years" particularly earth-shattering, just authentic.
'10 Years' -- 3 stars
MPAA rating: PG-13 (for language,
Running time: 1:40