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The Reunion (2011)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama | 2 February 2012 (Kuwait)
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4 half siblings inherit $3,000,000 each from their dad if they work together as family for 2 years. 3 of them go to Mexico as bounty hunters to get a bail-jumper, who's connected to the billionaire kidnapping.

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Michael Pavone (as Mike Pavone)

Writer:

Michael Pavone (as Mike Pavone)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cena ... Sam Carey
Ethan Embry ... Leo Carey
Amy Smart ... Nina Carey
Michael Rispoli ... Canton
Boyd Holbrook ... Douglas Carey
Gregg Henry ... Wills
Lela Loren ... Theresa Trujillo
Jack Conley ... Nealon
J.D. Garfield J.D. Garfield ... Verdugo
Josh Berry ... Steve Bermutti
Dylan Kenin ... Bertram
River Shields ... Janson
Rio Alexander ... Edgar Rodriguez
Jayson Merrill Jayson Merrill ... Limo Driver
Michael Sinclair Walter ... Body Guard #1 (as Michael Walter)
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Storyline

Sam and Leo Cleary have grown up hating each other, and neither likes their juvenile delinquent kid brother, Douglas, to whom they've only recently been introduced. The sons share the same father, a womanizing drunk, but all have different mothers. Their father died a rich man and when they're brought together by their sister Nina to learn which of them will inherit the old man's fortune, they are handed an unpleasant surprise. A requirement of the will is that the three estranged siblings go into business together as bail bondsmen. Their first job is to bring in a parole violator who has left Leo with a $250,000 debt. Their search will take them into the mountains of Mexico where they encounter a drug lord and uncover a kidnapping plot, masterminded by an embittered entrepreneur that will endanger them all. Written by Production

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Taglines:

Last Chance. Long Odds.

Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 February 2012 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Family Reunion See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

WWE Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In That Thing You Do! (1996), the Bass Player (Ethan Embry) talks about shaking Hoss' hand from Bonanza. In this movie, Ethan's character Leo describes his brother Sam (John Cena) as looking like Hoss from Bonanza. See more »

Goofs

The bail for Rodriguez would be refunded upon proof of his death. Leo had no reason to fret over his money, unless the brothers "vanished" the body for some reason. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Janson: It's due tomorrow.
Wills: Hmm? What's due tomorrow?
Janson: My paper on what my dad does for a living. It's due tomorrow.
Wills: Oh, yeah. Uh, I own a company... that uh... owns a lot of other companies.
Janson: What kind of companies?
Wills: Retail, mostly. Clothes, shoes, pharmaceuticals. Some high tech stuff.
Janson: Okay, but what do you actually do?
Wills: [smirking] I make money. It's difficult to explain to someone your age.
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Crazy Credits

There is a gag reel during the first half of the credits. See more »

Connections

References Wild at Heart (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

La Mitad Del Mundo
Written by Freddie Martinez Jr.
Performed by Ramón Ayala Y Sus Bravos Del Norte
Courtesy of Freddie Records
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It's a good movie for a night in with a pizza
4 April 2017 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

Okay, so there are no major movie stars featured, there is no 200 million dollar budget, and no, Steven Spielberg nor Martin Scorsese directed it. What The Reunion DOES have though is a nice story, so just remember it is a story and not a biography, and as such there are liberties taken with how lawyers behave, and how Mexicans seem to always miss their target and then get shot themselves.

Even with the films low budget by Hollywood standards of only 6 million dollars, I really liked The Reunion. This is a story about three brothers and one sister all who apparently were sired by the same brutish father who was a drunkard, and each by a different mother. The father dies and in his will he instructs for each of his four (4) children to inherit $3 million dollars with the caveat being that they must work together for a period for no less than two (2) years in a business of their choosing.

Actress Amy Smart plays Nina Carey, the daughter of the deceased father and also the executor of his will. Two of the three brothers namely Leo Carey played by Ethan Embry and Sam Carey played by wrestling star John Cena are polar opposites both in career choices and their physical stature. The third brother and youngest of the Carey family is Douglas Carey played by Boyd Holbrook a relative newcomer to Hollywood, but he plays the abandoned sibling who just got out of prison where he receives a standing ovation by all the prisoners who apparently really liked Douglas Carey because of his charming personality and his ability to relate to people.

Not only are the four Carey family members enjoyable in their roles, there is also a strong supporting cast such as the two gangsters who kidnap a wealthy businessmen. The two gangsters are studio actor regulars Michael Rispoli who plays Canton, a technology guru responsible for the ransom wire transfer, and his partner in crime named Nealon played by Jack Conley who is a former FBI agent and he is familiar how to execute a kidnapping successfully. The kidnapped wealthy businessman named Wills is played by character actor Gregg Henry.

During the adventure the three Carey brothers decide to rescue the kidnapped businessman Wills for the reward money and they gain the trust of a local Mexican resident the beautiful Theresa Trujillo played by Lela Loren who currently stars as Angela Valdes in the television crime/drama series POWER.

I also liked the story line and I thought writer/director Michael Pavone did a great job in bringing his picture to life with the very limited budget he had to work with. The film ending also has a few twists and turns worth hanging in there to see. This film is above par for crime/action films and I would rate it much higher than most crime/action films that have budgets more than ten times greater than The Reunion had to work with.

I will most likely watch this film again in the coming years with fondness and admiration. It is well worth watching and I for one was most pleasantly surprised. I give the film a 7 out of 10 rating.


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