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10 Years

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Pals reconnect in reunion-set dramedy; some iffy stuff.
  • Review Date: September 11, 2012
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Romance
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Good friendships and relationships can weather any crisis, as long as everyone is honest and supportive of one another and respectful of one another's personal journeys.

Positive role models

For the most part, the characters are well-intentioned (if flawed), though one married man flirts with a woman who's not his wife and is called on it by a friend.

Violence

One character discusses past bullying and apologizes to some of his victims. But while he's busy making things right, he insults them again.

Sex

Lots of talk, but little action beyond a few kissing and make-out sessions.

Language

A couple uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "damn," "a--hole," etc.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

References to smoking weed, plus many scenes in which characters drink to excess before, during, and after a high school reunion; some of them wind up plastered drunk.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 10 Years is a high school reunion-set dramedy that's full of nostalgia for the way it was and what might have been. Teens may find it interesting to see adult characters looking back on their teen exploits, though the movie doesn't really make high school -- at least the high school the characters (including teen faves Channing Tatum and Justin Long) went to -- sound all that fun. Expect some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k"), plenty of drinking (sometimes to excess), references to getting high, and some conversations about bullying (though it's played for laughs). There's also a fair bit of sex talk, though not much action beyond kissing/making out.

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What's the story?

Ten years after graduating from high school, Jake (Channing Tatum) is back in his hometown for his reunion, with his charming and supportive girlfriend (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) by his side. He'll soon be joined by his old posse, including Marty (Justin Long), once a wallflower who's now a New Yorker, and AJ (Max Minghella), who's affluent -- he bought a boat just to own one -- and, last they checked, happily married. Reeves (Oscar Isaac) is now a major recording artist, but even the thought of being confronted by his fans can't keep him away from possibly seeing his secret crush (Rooney Mara) again. Cully (Chris Pratt) was a bully in high school and wants to spend the evening apologizing to everyone he terrorized, though his alcohol consumption may get in the way. But for Jake, the biggest question is this: Will the love of his high school life (Rosario Dawson) show up? And if she does, how will he feel about seeing her?

Is it any good?

QUALITY

10 Years feels a lot like your average high school reunion: You generally feel glad to have attended but are eager to have it over with so you can get back to real life (or better movies). You're happy to see some people, you're wowed by a few you never noticed before, and you're reminded of why you stayed away from a select few. Tatum has plenty of charisma, but not enough to make this film transcendent. Instead of showing how old friends experience a return to their past together, we get discrete sections, some of which are weaker/flimsier than the others. (Long and Minghella, for instance, are stuck in a storyline that has their characters reminiscing with their school's most popular party girl, but the execution is stale, then maudlin.)

Still, Tatum and Dawson share great chemistry and are believable as a former couple with more than a few good memories to share, complicating their reunion somewhat. And while 10 Years is somewhat tepid overall, it's actually pleasant to see a reunion movie unfold like a reunion actually does -- sometimes with glee, sometimes with ennui, and, if you're lucky, with a lot of warmth.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of movies about reunions. What makes them rich for material? Does 10 Years add anything new to the conversation?

  • Parents, talk to your kids about drinking (and drug use) in high school. It's a common plotline in high school-themed movies -- does it really happen that often? What are the real-life consequences?

  • Who do you think 10 Years is intended to appeal to? Does it succeed?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 14, 2012
DVD release date:December 18, 2012
Cast:Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Justin Long, Rosario Dawson
Director:Jamie Linden
Studio:Anchor Bay Entertainment
Genre:Romance
Topics:Friendship
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:language, alcohol abuse, some sexual material and drug use

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Teen, 15 years old Written byone direction March 23, 2014

Good Movie!!!!!!!!

I really enjoyed Channing Tatum in this movie.Thus movie is not that bad for younger teens, just some kissing, nothing that younger teens can't handle
Teen, 14 years old Written byrebo344 January 24, 2016

Not your average high school reunion.

10 Years is a fun, heartwarming and sweet little movie. Filled with an ensemble cast, all the actors did a good job, but Oscar Issac and Kate Mara's subplot was the best and most interesting one. Their chemistry was great and sweet and when he sang "Never Had", just beautiful. My slight problem is Justin Long's character and his friend throwing toilet paper at a house. It was immature, but that led to good drama. Definitely underrated. Grade: B+.
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