Not gonna lie…I love me a good ensemble movie. With “Grosse Pointe Blank” being my favorite movie, it can also be said I’m a fan of class reunion flicks also. So this movie falls right in my wheelhouse. I can’t say I LOVED it…but what I can say is that it makes for a fun date night viewing and has a little bit of something for everyone.
Although the film never says what year this group of 20-somethings graduated high school, considering the music and some of the music used, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say mid-to-late 90’s. They are all coming home for their 10th year class reunion and, as all of us who have been there know, they are all realizing that getting older kinda sucks. There are so many small storylines here that I really don’t want to give all of them away. What I WILL tell you is that the main focus seems to be on the Channing Tatum/Rosario Dawson storyline. After high school the boy went to college, the girl stayed at home and despite the fact that they seemed to be made for each other, their love never lasted and they didn’t keep in touch. Needless to say, the night of their class reunion brings about some strong memories. Another nice storyline centers on 2 geeky guys who are now more mature and now not so geeky and they both set out to impress the class party girl. Do either of them stand a chance? Well…you’ll have to watch the movie to find out!
And you SHOULD watch this movie! I enjoyed how this film really IS simply about a group of people who have lost touch, how they get back together and realize that life isn’t all what they thought it was going to be. This film doesn’t push any boundaries and there is a familiar feel to it that never quite takes it over the top however it’s in that familiarity that you get comfortable with the characters and you begin to feel something in each one. Whether it’s the school bully who wants to make good or the superstar musician who returns to his roots and finds the one who got away, there is always a piece of us that we find we left behind when we go to a class reunion and this little film does a good job covering ALL the bases and left me feeling pretty damn good after.
Overall Rating: B+