I don't know what it is, perhaps it's feeling nostalgic now that I'm coming up on my 10 year high school reunion this year, but I saw 10 Years about two years ago now and I fell in love with it- and it's managed to creep its way back into my consciousness again, compelling me to write about it. I tell everyone that I can about it and every single person I've told has come back to me raving about it. Some were so touched they got emotional watching it- I kind of did myself. So now, I figured I'd let all of you know about this little gem and stop being selfish and trying to hold on to it for myself. This film deserves to be seen, and be seen by everyone willing to give it a shot.
The film is directed by Jamie Linden, writer of Dear John and We Are Marshall, and boasts an absolutely stellar ensemble cast featuring, are you ready for this? Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Justin Long, Oscar Isaac, Kate Mara, Anthony Mackie and Ari Graynor- just to name a few. Yes, you read those names correctly and yes, I told you it as a stellar ensemble cast. Even with all of those names, the film never feels overlong or tedious. In fact it feels the exact opposite of that where you'll be left wanting to see more of these characters once the film is over- it clocks in at an extremely reasonable 100 mins. The film feels like the freshest of breezes as you're watching.
What makes the film work is Jamie Linden's perfect balancing of the ensemble. Every single character has their moment, big or small, none of it feels rushed and all of it feels natural and endearing. You care about these characters because they are real people dealing with very real emotions that we all have felt at some point in our post high school lives. We all feel invincible in high school and like it's going to last forever, only to come crashing to down when the realization hits that no, it doesn't last forever. At all.
The cast and Linden deserve all of the praise here because they all create REAL people with whom you can connect with, maybe even empathize with, and not just some caricature of those people you knew in high school- all of which are represented here. Whatever happened to the girl who was every guy's wet dream? What did she amount to? What happened to the class clown? Did he find time to get serious enough and get a job? Who got fat? Who got rich? All of these characters are represented in this film.
I stumbled on the DVD while perusing through the DVD section at Target of all places, and was drawn to the cover when i saw Channing Tatum and Justin Long on it. I am a fan of both of them and don't recall them ever being in a film together so I pick it up. I read the synopsis on the back of the cover and see the rest of the cast. I couldn't believe all of the talent stuffed into the film, so I bought it and watched it later that night. I was totally floored and taken off guard by what I saw. What a fabulous film. How had I not heard of it before? How long has this been out? I could not stop thinking or talking about the film for almost two weeks after I saw it, raving about it to anyone who would listen. I saw it another 3 times and fell in love with it a little more each time i saw it.
So here I am suggesting the film to you all, hoping you all enjoy it as much as I did. It's an absolute gem of a film. Please stop by and let me know what you think of it once you see it or if you've seen it already.
This is Jovanni, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.