(2015) (Jack Black, James Marsden) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: A high school reunion committee leader tries to be cool for the first time in his life by convincing a former classmate, now a TV commercial actor, to attend their 20th anniversary reunion.
- Dan Landsman (JACK BLACK) has always longed to be popular, something he clearly never was back in his Pittsburg high school two decades ago and still hasn't obtained. That's proven when others in his high school reunion committee -- including former classmates Craig (HENRY ZEBROWSKI), Randy (KYLE BORNHEIMER), Jerry (MIKE WHITE) and Lucy (CORRINA LYONS) -- don't invite him to go drinking with them.
When he spots their class' most popular student, Oliver Lawless (JAMES MARSDEN), in a suntan lotion commercial, he gets a crazy idea. If he can convince the L.A. based actor to attend their reunion, Dan will then be popular through association.
To get that ball rolling, Dan convinces his technophobe boss, Bill Shurmar (JEFFREY TAMBOR), that he has a new potential consulting client in Los Angeles and needs to fly out to meet him. What he doesn't expect is that Bill wants to come along to land the business, and despite his best efforts to convince his boss to stay home, the two fly across the country. Dan convinces Oliver to meet him for drinks, and after a night of partying, Oliver pretends to be the business prospect in a meeting with Bill.
The ruse only becomes more tangled when Dan and Oliver have an unexpected, drunken and drugged up one-night stand. Arriving back home, Dan isn't sure what to tell his wife, Stacey (KATHRYN HAHN), while Oliver's later arrival there complicates matters, especially when the actor encourages Dan's 14-year-old son, Zach (RUSSELL POSNER), to lose his virginity via a planned three-way encounter with his older girlfriend and another girl. With the reunion quickly approaching, Dan must contend with these unexpected developments as well as what occurred between him and Oliver.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of anyone in the cast, they might be interested.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For strong sexual material, nudity, language and drug use.
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