What do high school reunions, funerals, and weddings all have in common? A very formulaic plot about a group of characters thrown together after years of not seeing each other. Naturally, plenty of drama ensues. 10 Years follows the formula to a T, complete with old friends, old flames, and old debts. It’s nothing we haven’t seen a dozen times before, but it’s still endearing by the time the end credits roll, if you can make it that long.

Writer/director Jamie Linden was last on the scene as the writer for Dear John and We Are Marshall, but this marks his first time filling in the shoes of the director. Considering the size of the well-known cast, he had some pretty big shoes to fill. In some ways, he pulls it off, and in others, it’s still up in the air. Props to him for getting a cast that works so effortlessly with one another.

10 Years follows Jake (Channing Tatum) as he returns to his hometown to go to his ten year high school reunion. With him, he brings his girlfriend Jess (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) who has no idea what she’s getting herself into with his old buddies. The biggest wrench thrown into Jake’s night is the sudden appearance of his high school sweetheart Mary (Rosario Dawson) and her new husband (Ron Livingston). The night starts off relatively tame as the gang gets ready for the reunion, but once they get to there, drama ensues. Reeves (Oscar Isaac) is a famous musician who can’t escape the fans that used to be his classmates, and all the while he’s just trying to win the attention of shy loner Elise (Kate Mara).

Continuing with the cast, Marty and AJ (Justin Long and Max Minghella, respectively) are long-time best friends that plan on flirting with the popular Anna (Lynn Collins). Cully (Chris Pratt) spends the whole night trying to make amends with the kids he bullied in high school, and his wife Sam (Ari Graynor) spends the whole night trying to stop him from making an idiot of himself.  Scott Porter, Brian Geraghty, Aubrey Plaza, Nick Zano, and Anthony Mackie round out the supporting cast with side stories of their own.

The acting isn’t going to win any Oscars, but everyone pulls off believable performances in their respective rolls. Tatum is the stronger of the Tatum/Dewan-Tatum combination, but they’re still good together on screen (as they should be considering they’re married in real life). Isaac and Mara are probably the most refreshing of the bunch, and following closely behind are Geraghty and Plaza who should have been graced with more screen time.

Despite the great cast, the story doesn’t start out so hot. None of the characters are particularly captivating, but they’re not unbearable either. What makes 10 Years stand out is the organic chemistry between the cast. The script was a collaborative effort between the actors and director as they developed their characters, and it shows when they’re all on screen together. It feels very real, but even with the right chemistry, it takes more to make the audience really care.

Not to mention, ensemble pieces are hard to pull off. 10 Years isn’t nearly on the same level as Love Actually, but it’s better than something along the lines of Valentine’s Day. Granted, it doesn’t take much to be better than Valentine’s Day, but 10 Years manages to pull it off. Yes, the story might be relatively bland with no added imagination or twists, but the characters aren’t annoying. They’re rather endearing, which is a feat in itself.

Bottom line: The movie isn’t great. It’s really predictable and generic, so it will easily be forgotten once it’s seen. However, it is worth seeing. Even with the bland tone, it still manages to be sweet, and the cast works really well together. Don’t expect too much, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.