Thursday, June 30, 2016

Thursday Movie Picks #103: High School Reunion

Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share three movie picks each Thursday. The rules are simple simple: Each week there is a topic for you to create a list of three movies. Your picks can either be favourites/best, worst, hidden gems, or if you're up to it one of each.For further details visit the series main page here.


This week's Thursday Movie Picks is High School Reunion


Reunion movies are fun don't you thing? Just a lot of awkwardness and people reluctantly reconnecting with people they never liked in the first place. Here are some of my favourites:

Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
Really enjoyed this dark comedy. John Cusack plays an assassin who has a sort of career crisis and reluctantly takes a job in his home town at the same time when his high school reunion is to take place. 

Beautiful Girls (1996)
A guy returns to his home town as a way to figure out his life, while also to attend his high school reunion and reconnect with his best friends. A young Natalie Portman stars in this as well as once again another precocious child.

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) 
I feel like there is at least one more film that I love, but can't seem to remember it; so here's and old one which I haven't seen in nearly 20 years that I remember enjoying and this list makes me want to do a rewatch.


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  1. I expect these three to be quite popular today, but I haven't seen any of them.

  2. I picked 2 of the 3 you have here. One I saw but not Romy & Michele. I broke the rules, well, bent them as I haven't seen many films with this theme

  3. So out of my element this week. Haven't seen any of these. Like Birgit, I bent the rules a bit.

  4. I haven't seen any of these, but I'll check out the one with Cusack.

  5. Knew Grosse Point Blank and Romy & Michele would be popular - awesome film and an excellent double bill.

  6. Good picks for the theme. They all have turned out to be very popular today especially Gross Pointe. I liked all three without particularly loving any of them. I put off watching Romy & Michelle for years because it looked stupid but the two lead actresses saved it by playing it straight, never treating their characters with condescension.

    Romy & Michelle occurred to me too but since I was sure it would pop up all over I went in search of lesser known titles. Here's what I came up with:

    Lifeguard (1976)-Lifeguard Rick Carlson (Sam Elliott) loves his work and his laid back Southern California life. But when he attends his 15 year high school reunion he starts to feel he is stuck in a rut. Restarting a romance with his school sweetheart Cathy (Anne Archer), now a divorced mother of a young son, he becomes even more confused about his future.

    Prodigal Sons (2008)-Fascinating documentary by Kimberly Reed who returns home for her high school reunion to an uncertain reception…when she left town years earlier she was a man. Looks equally at her interaction with her former classmates and her estranged family, her adopted brother, who has been permanently disabled in a car accident, has a surprise of his own-his birth mother was the daughter of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth! At times very sad but always interesting.

    Spring Reunion (1957)-Returning to his hometown to sell his house one-time “Most Likely to Succeed” footloose wanderer Fred Davis (Dana Andrews) has no intention of attending his upcoming 15th year reunion until he runs into successful but lonely real estate agent and the “Most Popular Girl” Maggie Brewster (Betty Hutton), his former girlfriend. As they take tentative steps towards each other their different perspectives might ruin their chance for happiness before they are even sure they have one. Subdued meditation on failed dreams was the troubled Hutton’s last feature film as well as one time silent movie queen Laura La Plante’s final bow, she plays Betty’s mother.

    Dishonorable Mention- Back in the Day (2014)-Moderately successful actor Jim Owens (Michael Rosenbaum) returns to Indiana for a high-school reunion. During the course of the time he’s home he acts like an idiot and so do most of his friends doing stupid and outlandish things. I watched this specifically because it seemingly fit this week’s theme so well but it was so moronic I had to list it with a caution and look for another actually good movie.

  7. We match on two picks, not too surprising at their is somewhat limited choice. Like both your picks.


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