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In the comedy American Reunion, all the American Pie characters we met a little more than a decade ago are returning to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn’t and that time and distance can’t break the bonds of friendship. It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim and Michelle married while Kevin and Vicky said goodbye. Oz and Heather grew apart, but Finch still longs for Stifler’s mom. Now these lifelong friends have come home as adults to reminisce about - and get inspired by - the hormonal teens who launched a comedy legend.
The fourth instalment in the American Pie series may feel like an unnecessary addition after American Wedding concluded the saga of Jim & his friends on such a satisfactory note but American Reunion turns out to be a very pleasant surprise for it packs in a massive dose of nostalgia and manages to work solely on the basis of that particular element.
Set 13 years after the events that transpired in American Pie, the story of American Reunion finds the original gang returning to the place where it all started as they gather together for one weekend for their high-school reunion. With over a decade behind them, everyone tries to find out what the other has been up to all these…
Review In A Nutshell:
Sequels have been bread and butter of Hollywood, but every once in a while, a sequel would appear and actually deliver the film a sense of justice. American Reunion, at least to me, is a necessary sequel; it allows characters that we have known and love from before be seen in a different light, show that they have grown from their experiences, while at the same time find comfort in the memories and remnants of their past. American Reunion does not convert any non-believers of the franchise, as its sole purpose is for those who have adored these characters from the beginning, like I have. This film also doesn't attempt to become more than what it…
Reunions are normally depressing affairs - meeting old flames who are now obese, friends embarking in a game of oneupmanship to see who has had the more successful life post-school whilst the only common ground you now share is reminiscing about the good old days. American Reunion is equally depressing but mainly because it feels like a cynical cash-in created purely to give the stars a nice easy pay day, and some need it more than others. The first American Pie was decent enough but the subsequent sequels were an obvious case of diminishing returns and this, the third official sequel, continues the downward spiral.
Once again the only reason to bother watching the film is Seann William Scott’s Stifler…
Seeing an American Pie film in 2012, I can't really be mad or surprised or upset when it turns out to be torture to sit through. But here's some stray observations:
After 4 film appearances, all we still know about Jim is that he masturbates a lot and gets punished for it. Rick Santorum would approve. After this amount of public sexual humiliation, you'd think he would have learned to be honest the moment he becomes trapped in a situation, but no. I suppose if this character was even remotely self-aware he would have committed suicide by now and we would not have a franchise.
The women of this series could not matter less. Someone though decided Mena Suvari's forehead…
I don't really understand all the disinterest in this film. If you break down all of these movies, this may actually be the most rounded, straight forward, and relevant to exist one of the bunch.
Pie was 1999 so its relevance existed as a teen summer raunchy sex romp and on that level it worked. Not really a story other than a pact to all have sex, but it was filled with interesting and hilarious characters and exuded a retro 80's High School sex comedy style. So for that it worked and made a lot of money and stars out of most of its young cast. Thomas Ian Nicolas carried the bulk of the protagonist duties as Kevin, Jason Biggs…
I think it's fair to say that this got a little better on a rewatch. It still has issues, a lot of them, but the things that made the series so enjoyable are there too.
Gross out comedies started with Animal House and since then every film in that genre has tried and failed to capture its greatness. The original American Pie came close with some serious laughs, a great soundtrack, some incredibly funny scenes and a couple of very memorable characters. It of course got diluted with all the sequels and those shitty spin-offs. Take the first two films though and they hold up pretty well against a modern glut of comedies with little charm.
American Reunion brings back…
Still enjoyable fun. Goofy popcorn fun.
Finch: How is your mother, Stifler?
Steve Stifler: You stay away from my mom, shitbricks!
Usually 3rd or 4th movies of a series suck but not in the American Pie Series! Though the main characters are older, the raunchiness and comedy is still there. It's also cool to see how they reflect on previous experiences(past movies). Stifler is still awesome!!! Loved it!!!!
Annnnd they've run out of steam. Or releasing a nearly two hour cut was extreme overkill. I have to give Adam Herz some credit for some consistency with characters that these guys kind of ignored but they did their best I guess with the ins and outs of the same old relationships. MVP Jim's Dad finally gets his due.
I decided to watch this franchise (there's no reason to it I didn't even plan it or anything).
It was entertaining as fuck to watch. But just watch American Pie, American Pie 2, American Wedding, and American Reunion. You're not missing out on anything with the four in between.
The characters were fun to watch and I think everybody loves Stifler but my favorite is probably Finch.
I would just put these on to watch if my room ever feels quiet.
Well, at least I can go back to watching other stuff now!
Probably my personal favourite of the American Pie series, American Reunion packs a surprising amount of fun, and a lot of genuine laugh-out-loud moments. I really like all the characters in this franchise, especially by this point.
I could nitpick this movie and find some things wrong with it, but that's not what it's about. It was fun, it used the characters well in their own ways, and it was honestly really funny. I enjoyed it whole heartedly.
Depressing look at stunted adults.
There's a throw-away joke made by the 18-year-old played by Ali Corbin when she emotes "I love classic rock." to a 1990s pop tune playing on Jim Levenstein's radio in American Reunion, the triumphant return of our favorite East Great Falls, Michigan graduates from the American Pie franchise. In a way, the passing joke cuts two ways. In one context, it's a sample of what the kids of today think of the not-to-distant past with ignorance. In a world of instant gratification and endless connective technology, the youth of today "get off" with pop humor and comedy differently thanks to the likes of Judd Apatow, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Hangover films. The envelope has been pushed way past where 1999's…
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