A decent drama, advertised as more a rom-com. Although not a bad film by any count, with decent acting all round, it fails to really resonate. Every actor in it seemed to be playing a slightly different version of themselves in real life.
A group of friends meet up to go to their ten year high school reunion. If that was the pitch for this film then studios probably only signed off when the name Channing Tatum and, to a lesser extent, Justin Long was thrown in (and Rosario Dawson etc…). There are plenty of unresolved emotions, relationships and perceptions to sort out once they all reunite and catch up.
If you’ve seen the cast list then you you’ll have an idea if this is for you or not; they’re what keeps the film afloat.
The Bottom Line
It needed a better writer to deliver some biting dialogue with more one liners and better character conflict. Overall, the film is rooted in reality as many people will be able to identify with the way the characters progress and mature (some not) from their high school years. The inadvertent by-product of this is that the story becomes somewhat predictable, and once the film is over, you’ll realise it wasn’t all that interesting, because real life can be a little boring sometimes.
How then does the film hold your interest? Well, mildly interesting characters for one played by some great actors, a good dose of awkward moments and then a few funny bits, which mostly comprised of scenes involving the fringe characters… I found them more interesting than the central characters, with special mentions going to “wigger” (an Americanism that’s new to me) and the guitar serenade (I forget their names) by one of the guys who happens to have found success as a musician after school – the guy at the reunion everyone wants to take a picture with (surprise surprise, he’s not Channing).
Overall it was fine, but nothing to really brag about. Depending on your mood you might enjoy this film more than I did – though “enjoy” is pushing it a bit. I also felt the writers/director/producers played it a bit safe. It turned out to be more of a Hollywood vehicle to see future stars sharing some screen time in a rather average affair, that could’ve been better.
About Steven Benjamin:
A Capetonian – the only son, amongst four siblings, of a demure working mother and a missionary (once upon a time) for a father. Humble and God fearing, I’m a writer looking to add a different perspective whilst also telling stories on the side. I’ve lugubriously turned to writing after failing in a mental attempt to become a Formula 1 driver. I’m currently also working on my spicy debut novel, The Quiet Days!