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Save the best piece for last.
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…
Fun fact: This is me and my mom's favorite comedy movies to watch together.
Fun fact 2: My mom is the one that introduced me to American Pie when I was 14.
Fun fact 3: She is a great mom.
Enjoyment Extracted: 8/10
Technical Execution: 5/10
While nostalgia is a powerful thing, the American Pie crew still get old in the most generic of ways imaginable and the struggle for unabashed crassness can often be unintentionally painful. But sometimes, funny is just funny and it even occasionally offers faint glimmers of enlightenment.
Honestly a solid franchise. Would love to see a 5th. The chemistry among the boys is strong and an enjoyment to watch!
Funnier than American Wedding but less funny than 1 and 2.
"Who might you be?
I'm Stifler's mom.
Ohhh! I'm Jim's dad."
The gang is all back. This movie is great. I laugh every single time. I cry every single time. Also, Ali Cobrin is unbelievably attractive (and hilarious at acting drunk). I'm so glad this franchise ended on a high note!
I'M NOT WORTH JACK SHIT, DRON! (I'm your dick.)
A great comeback to the franchise. American Wedding was a little unsatisfying and this one stepped it back up.
The plot focuses mainly on the 5 guys and their friendship again (which it should) and includes some of the most memorable moments since the 1st. You can see how each character has grown and changed throughout the years.
My biggest gripe with this movie is that Kevin is kind of a flat character. He was one of my favorites in the past and he's turned into a boring housewife (they even make a joke about this). He is no longer funny or relevant to the plot.
At the end, when they go get Stifler and return to the reunion together in a row, you know its awesome. Sure it's cheesy as shit, but it's still awesome.
This was torture. Start to finish, medieval punishment.
"Save the best piece for last."
Thirteen years after we got the very first American Pie, the fourth slice of pie, American Reunion, was released. Leaving a sequel so long could have meant bad news however, the charm of the series and characters is too good to let this happen.
American Reunion might actually be my favourite of the series since the first film. They may have grown a little older, started families and got jobs but deep down, they are still the same goof balls it's hard not to laugh at as these films play out.
Oh, and Jim's dad, still hilariously awkward.
Genuinely nostalgic, with a feel of seeing old friends for the first time in a while. Funnier than Wedding. Like 2, suffers from having to include EVERYONE. Oz and Heather are still drips, Kev still pointless. That said, some set pieces hit (the babysitter) and Jim and Michelle still give the film a strong, engaging, backbone.
Hot, naughty, dirty, sensual movies.