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TIFF '11 Review: 'Ten Year' Brings Together A Strong Cast For A Mixed Bag Of Comedy & Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2011 1:00 AM
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Births, funerals, marriage, anniversaries and even annual vacations have all served as plot devices in the reunion film, a genre that usually finds middle-aged or older characters dealing with a crisis that is exacerbated by seeing old family and friends. And while "Ten Year" certainly isn't breaking new territory, producer and star Channing Tatum, along with writer/director Jamie Linden ("Dear John"), do take an interesting approach. Wisely not going far beyond their own age bracket, this film brings together a pretty solid ensemble cast of some of the best up-and-coming actors working right now for a tale that catches up with a gaggle of friends for a reunion -- you guessed it -- ten years after their graduation from high school. Taking on a bunch of characters as they leave their twenties is definitely a smart concept but instead of offering what could have been an honest look at contemporary soon-to-be thirtysomethings and the challenges, fears and triumphs they have endured, "Ten Year" delivers a mixed bag of CW plots that at worst are cliché and predictable, with a very few that do stand out.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Scott Porter & More Round Out Cast For 'The Hand Job'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2011 6:21 AM
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While we're still giggling at the words "hand job" populating movie sites over the last few days, the cast for the upcoming comedy that is yes, based around that very act, is turning out to be quite impressive. We chatted with Bill Hader recently, actor and husband of comedienne Maggie Carey who is writing and directing the project, and he dropped that Alia Shawkat (”Arrested Development”), Mae Whitman (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”), Johnny Simmons (ditto), Donald Glover (”Community”), Connie Britton (”Friday Night Lights”), Andy Samberg and himself were all lined up for the film joining Aubrey Plaza who is taking on the lead role. And now a few more names have cropped up as well.

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