Channing Tutum is one of the very delightful surprises of 2012. After his successes in Haywire, 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike, it’s obvious the guy isn’t the action meat-headed type-cast we all thought he was going to be and he’s clearly going places; particularly looking at his upcoming filmography including collaborations with Soderbergh and The Wachowskis to name a few. /RunOnSentence
But every actor has got to go through some growing pains and mixed in with the Soderbergh vehicles, there is the potential for some stumbling blocks upcoming as well. Case in point, 10 Years.
With only a handful of festival screenings under its belt, hence not much talking about it on the internets, it’s difficult to get a handle on exactly what the film is. On its surface, it appears to be another in this new trend of “massively cast, multiple, loosely-related story threads dramedy” (or MMLD) sub-genre pieces (e.g. Love, Actually, Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve). These types of films always hinge on a holiday and thereby trick audiences into feeling like they’re obligated to see them on the weekend that coincides with that particular holiday. The three films above are three very distinct levels of quality; starting with great and moving very quickly to garbage – so the trend does not buckle favorably towards this. On the flip side, 10 Years is not a holiday movie but it does revolve around a very specific type of event. Also, in general I’m pleased with most of the releases from Anchor Bay, so somebody must’ve seen something of merit here. So what can we expect with 10 Years?
Jake is deeply in love with his girlfriend and ready to propose—until he runs into his high school flame for the first time in ten years. Jake’s friend, Cully, married his cheerleader girlfriend and has been looking forward to the ten-year high school reunion so he can finally apologize to all of the classmates he bullied in high school. However, after a few too many drinks, the jock-turned-family man ends up reverting back to his old ways instead. Meanwhile, longtime rivals Marty and A.J spend the night still trying to one-up each other to impress the coolest girl in class, who now has a secret. The famous one of the group, Reeves, is now a well-known musician, but is still too shy to talk to the high school crush who inspired his one hit wonder.
Fascinating. Sounds like it really has a lot to say. Perhaps the cast will make it delightfully charming and worth ten dollars. Well, outside of Tatum and Rosario Dawson, I’m not seeing anyone here that really warrants a hip-hip-hooray:
Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Chris Pratt, Justin Long, Oscar Issa, Kate Mar, Ron Livingsto, Lynn Collins, Ari Graynor, Anthony Mackie, Max Minghella, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Porter, Brian Geraghty, Aaron Yoo, Eiko Nijo and Nick Zano.
Considering the movie was officially released in 2011 and I haven’t heard word one about it until today, does not bode well.
Upcoming advanced screenings:
I didn’t write this post to drum up (potentially) unwarranted hatred towards a film that has yet to be released officially (maybe it’s amazing, who knows?). More, I wanted to ask about Channing Tatum and where his career is headed and also to ask readers about these MMLDs and whether you enjoy them and/or think they are a viable entity in the world of cinema for any length of time.