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July 23, 1987 | MARY BARBER, Staff Writer
It was a simple enough idea for someone with a natural instinct for reunions: Get a bunch of the guys together, like in the old days, and make it a benefit for the high school. Not a big organized reunion with name tags and prizes, Rob Ukropina figured, but more like the way they used to hang out at In-N-Out Burger, talking football.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Cloying and smug when it's not being unfunny and crass, the high school reunion comedy "Back in the Day" hits lows with a frequency that suggests a world-class sharp shooter or free-throw king. With every thudding gross-out gag or mistimed bit of sentimentality, writer-director-star Michael Rosenbaum's movie acts as if it deserves a high-five. Instead, this aggressively clichéd tale of Jim (Rosenbaum), a struggling Hollywood actor attending his Midwestern high school reunion, is about as entertaining as watching two guys vomit simultaneously, to name one of the movie's prouder moments of dreary raunch.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Cloying and smug when it's not being unfunny and crass, the high school reunion comedy "Back in the Day" hits lows with a frequency that suggests a world-class sharp shooter or free-throw king. With every thudding gross-out gag or mistimed bit of sentimentality, writer-director-star Michael Rosenbaum's movie acts as if it deserves a high-five. Instead, this aggressively clichéd tale of Jim (Rosenbaum), a struggling Hollywood actor attending his Midwestern high school reunion, is about as entertaining as watching two guys vomit simultaneously, to name one of the movie's prouder moments of dreary raunch.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
The largely engaging class-reunion dramedy "10 Years" allows audiences to pretend they went to high school with the likes of Channing Tatum, Justin Long, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Mackie and Kate Mara. But at some point, they are also going to have to pretend the film, written and directed by Jamie Linden (the screenwriter of "Dear John" and the fine "We Are Marshall"), is deeper and more essential than it actually is; there's a lot of been-there, done-that going on. That said, this very distant, slightly more youthful cousin to "The Big Chill" presents a convincing version of a 10-year high school reunion, one that eschews excess and melodrama for a wistful visit with a clutch of decent guys and gals who've chugged forward over the last decade, some more happily - and expectedly - than others.
NEWS
November 3, 1989 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An outbreak of legionnaire's disease at a 50th high school reunion was blamed Thursday for the deaths of three elderly celebrants and the pneumonia-like illness of 13 others. State health officials contacted 250 other people from 21 states who attended the Lamar High School reunion for the classes of 1937 through 1941 but found no new cases, Dr. Ellen Mangione, a Colorado Department of Health epidemiologist, said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 1987 | MICHAEL WILMINGTON and All AFI Film Festival of Los Angeles events will take place at the Los Feliz Theater, 1822 N. Vermont Ave., Hollywood, unless otherwise noted. Tickets are available at Ticketron, Teletron and at the box office one hour before showtime. Information: (213) 520-2000 , 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and
"Wives and Wives--Ten Years After" (Norway, 1975 and 1985, 174 minutes, 12 p.m.). This work--actually two films, made 10 years apart--is probably one of the festival's most unexpectedly delightful offerings: a feminist comedy that twists around your expectations and digs up something poignant, playful, real, even joyous.
MAGAZINE
July 30, 2006
In "A Drug's Promise (or Not) of Youth," Brian Alexander cites my old high school (class of '43) buddy, Danny Rudman (The Forever Young Issue, July 9). We shared many experiences: played baseball, basketball and football together; sat side by side in class; belonged to the same neighborhood boy's club. Danny was the most brilliant person I ever met. He dedicated himself to medical research to help society. At our 50th high school reunion in 1993 (a year before he died), Danny presented a seminar on how senior citizens can contribute to society and live productive lives well into old age. We came from the same school in many respects.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2000 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Reunion" is a solid hostage drama, well-written by Paul Corvino and well-paced by director Larry Eudene, who guides his ensemble to fine performances, especially Tim Devlin. Devlin won the best actor award in the New York Independent Film Festival for his harrowing portrayal of a man coming apart.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
The largely engaging class-reunion dramedy "10 Years" allows audiences to pretend they went to high school with the likes of Channing Tatum, Justin Long, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Mackie and Kate Mara. But at some point, they are also going to have to pretend the film, written and directed by Jamie Linden (the screenwriter of "Dear John" and the fine "We Are Marshall"), is deeper and more essential than it actually is; there's a lot of been-there, done-that going on. That said, this very distant, slightly more youthful cousin to "The Big Chill" presents a convincing version of a 10-year high school reunion, one that eschews excess and melodrama for a wistful visit with a clutch of decent guys and gals who've chugged forward over the last decade, some more happily - and expectedly - than others.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2012 | By Michael Phillips, Tribune Newspapers critic
Sweeping aside the film's weirdest unasked question — who goes to their 13th high school reunion? — the characters created by Adam Herz for the 1999 hit "American Pie" return for a rather tired sequel called "American Reunion," in which poor, desperate Jim Levenstein's genitals once again get their ears boxed (metaphorically speaking), and Stifler's way with nubile 17-year-olds doesn't seem quite as obnoxiously sprightly as it once did, given that Stifler is now supposed to be in his early 30s and the actor, Seann William Scott, is 35. The movie acknowledges this queasy disconnect, though acknowledging it doesn't make it much funnier.
NEWS
October 10, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
A funny thing happens when sports heroes visit the White House. It's as though a truce is called. For an hour or so, no one especially wants to argue about the best way to cut the deficit. Instead, the politicians, reporters and government aides wandering about the White House campus prefer to be fans. Such was the case last week, when the 1985 Chicago Bears showed up on the South Lawn for a belated celebration. The team crushed the Patriots in Super Bowl XX, an accomplishment that under normal circumstances would have gotten them an invitation to meet President Reagan.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2010 | By Greg Braxton
John Hughes' film message is simple: The kids are all right. His young heroes were certainly confused, frustrated and angry, but they ultimately proved steely enough to triumph over the often cruel peer pressure and stifling confinement of suburban life. That ethos animated the Oscars on Sunday during a poignant tribute to Hughes, who died in August at age 59 and whose body of work as a writer and director is credited with humorously capturing the teen angst of the '80s generation.
MAGAZINE
July 30, 2006
In "A Drug's Promise (or Not) of Youth," Brian Alexander cites my old high school (class of '43) buddy, Danny Rudman (The Forever Young Issue, July 9). We shared many experiences: played baseball, basketball and football together; sat side by side in class; belonged to the same neighborhood boy's club. Danny was the most brilliant person I ever met. He dedicated himself to medical research to help society. At our 50th high school reunion in 1993 (a year before he died), Danny presented a seminar on how senior citizens can contribute to society and live productive lives well into old age. We came from the same school in many respects.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 2, 2004 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
In 1982, I owned a pair of black-and-white-check Vans tennis shoes just like the ones worn by Sean Penn in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." Though I am now somewhat embarrassed by that admission, at the time I thought they made me something that I definitely was not -- cool. "Fast Times," directed by Amy Heckerling (in her feature debut) and based on Cameron Crowe's book, followed a bunch of well-drawn Southern California types during one school year.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2000 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Reunion" is a solid hostage drama, well-written by Paul Corvino and well-paced by director Larry Eudene, who guides his ensemble to fine performances, especially Tim Devlin. Devlin won the best actor award in the New York Independent Film Festival for his harrowing portrayal of a man coming apart.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2012 | By Michael Phillips, Tribune Newspapers critic
Sweeping aside the film's weirdest unasked question — who goes to their 13th high school reunion? — the characters created by Adam Herz for the 1999 hit "American Pie" return for a rather tired sequel called "American Reunion," in which poor, desperate Jim Levenstein's genitals once again get their ears boxed (metaphorically speaking), and Stifler's way with nubile 17-year-olds doesn't seem quite as obnoxiously sprightly as it once did, given that Stifler is now supposed to be in his early 30s and the actor, Seann William Scott, is 35. The movie acknowledges this queasy disconnect, though acknowledging it doesn't make it much funnier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1988 | Herbert J. Vida
Russell Allen, 75, has a sharp memory about the 1932 Summer Olympic Games, during which he rode his bicycle for the United States on a wooden track in the Rose Bowl. "There were 30,000 people watching us bike against the greatest cyclists in the world," Allen said. "It was a great thrill." Today, the Buena Park resident and a bunch of other former professional bicyclists who live in Orange County, are still at it, albeit this time for fun and health.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1998 | LESLEY WRIGHT
More than 1,000 alumni from Huntington Beach High School are expected to descend on Lake Park on Sunday, laden with food, family and memories. It's the fifth annual family picnic sponsored by the high school's Alumni Assn. and organizers are still surprised at what a popular reunion it has become. "There were about five of us and we started out as a social thing, just a bunch of us who were local getting together," said organizer Sharon Drubin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1997 | BOB POOL
College graduates do it. So do high school graduates. And today Rosewood Avenue Elementary School, Class of 1960, will gather in Hollywood for a class reunion. "Everybody cracks up when I tell them I'm going to my sixth-grade reunion. And I crack up too," said Sonia Preiser, a Long Beach adult school teacher. "People roll their eyes. They're amused, then they're amazed," agreed Steve Kipnis, a real estate agent from West Los Angeles.
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