Inside Out 2014: The 10 Year Plan – Film Review

Director: J.C. Calciano
Cast: Teri Reeves, Debra Wilson, Michael Adam Hamilton
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Runtime: 90 min

The 10 Year Plan from director JC Calciano tells the tale of two best friends who are clearly in love with each other, even though neither is aware of it at the outset. Myles and Brody may both be ridiculously attractive young gay men, but their similarities end there. Hopelessly romantic lawyer Myles spends his days dreaming about finding the perfect Prince Charming, while police officer Brody spends his nights hooking up with men he meets on the popular hook-up app Grindr. At twenty-five years of age, the pair make a pact stating that if both are still single in ten years, they will try dating. As the deadline approaches ten years later, the two friends hope not to become the other’s last resort.

The 10 Year Plan takes the typical heterosexual romantic comedy recipe and adds a gay twist. The result is a completely predictable yet admittedly enjoyable film that aims only to provide light and frothy fun. The male leads are cute, sweet, and likeable, and the equivalent of the “gay best friend” character, Brody’s straight police partner and buddy, provides a few genuine laughs. The screenplay and music may be cheesy and clichéd, but it is easy to fall for this charming film that does not contain a hint of malice, and audibly appealed to its target audience at the Inside Out film festival screening that I attended.

Rating: 7 / 10

Screening Time: Sunday May 25, 4pm @ TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1