For some, high school is a time of joy, youth and fun. For others, it’s the reason many of us only go home for the holidays.
In the 2005 movie, Just Friends, Chris Brander (Ryan Reynolds) high school was far from fun. Overweight, unpopular and secretly in love with Jamie Palamino (Amy Smart). After graduating from high school, Chris leaves his small town for Los Angeles, looses the weight, joins the music industry and become a playboy.
When a trip to Paris is cut short due to a fire, Chris has no choice but to return home and bring Samantha James (Anna Faris), the latest and greatest singing sensation with him. When Chris and Jamie reunite, Chris has one goal: to tell Jamie how he feels about her.
I have mixed feelings about this movie. One on hand, it summarizes how many of us felt during high school. But at the same time, it is very predictable and this movie almost feels like a second rate sequel to a John Hughes high school movie from the 1980’s.
Do I recommend it? Maybe.